TWO firefighters who died while battling a large fire at a food processing factory in Hereford will be honoured by colleagues.

The fire at the Sun Valley factory on September 6 1993 was one of the biggest the city has ever seen.

At its height, 130 firefighters were at the scene, using 23 pumping appliances.

Tragically two of those battling the flames never made it out of the factory and work is now ongoing to remember Dave Morris and John Davies.

A red plaque, funded by the Fire Brigade Union’s 100 lottery, will be placed at the Queenswood Country Park in tribute to the two men who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Mr Davies, who was 34, was a retained firefighter from Leominster but as he worked in Hereford, would often attend emergencies in the city.

Meanwhile, 35-year-old Mr Morris was a full time firefighter with 11 years’ service when he responded to the fire, which started in a unit for defrosting meat.

Insulation panels in the factory ceiling meant smoke and flames travelled unnoticed through the roof space, setting fire to ceilings which collapsed.

A lead memorial plaque will also be erected in Hereford Cathedral's Lady Arbour Garden following a fundraising appeal.

A figure of approximately £4,000 is needed to pay for the tribute to the two firefighters at Hereford Cathedral. Firefighters from Hereford fire station have started fundraising and further initiatives are being planned.

Students will work alongside lead craftsmen on the project while a dedication service is expected to be held at the Cathedral on May 4 2020.

The fundraising appeal has already received donations from the FF100 lottery, retired firefighters and local fundraising initiatives.

Email for further information on either of the two tributes or click here to make a donation to the memorial plaque at Hereford Cathedral.