Grenfell Tower fire: Silent walk marks first anniversary

Written by on June 14, 2018

About 5,000 people are estimated to have taken part in a silent walk in honour of the 72 people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago.

Firefighters laid down their helmets and formed a guard of honour as the marchers – carrying banners and wearing green – passed by.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan joined the event near the tower in West London.

Earlier a silent procession followed a memorial service at a nearby church.

Silent walks have been held in the neighbourhood on the 14th of every month since the fire, attracting hundreds of people.

The Met Police estimated 5,000 people took part in the evening walk at the end of the day of remembrance for the victims of the disaster.

A 72-second national silence was held at midday as part of the anniversary.

It was observed across the country, including at government buildings, Parliament and by the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex on a visit to Chester, where the monarch wore green in honour of Grenfell victims.Media captionTube driver stops train and waves green flag in solidarity for Grenfell

The names of the 72 victims were read out at the memorial service held at St Helen’s Church, near the tower.

Bereaved families were invited to light candles in memory of their loved ones at the church, which had been decked out in green – the colour adopted by survivors and relatives of those who died.

Clarrie Mendy, who lost two family members in the fire and organised the service attended by several hundred people, said: “It’s a service of healing, community, inclusivity and solidarity, to know we are not alone.”

Addressing the service, Labour MP David Lammy, whose family friend died in the fire, said it was a “bittersweet” moment as the community celebrated their unity but mourned those lost.

White doves were released outside the church after the service.

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