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HUN­DREDS JOIN WALK OF RE­MEM­BRANCE AS CAMPAIGNERS LAUNCH LE­GAL FIGHT

Harefield Gazette - - Front Page - by GOOLISTAN COOPER goolistan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Coop_­dog

AS THE IN­VES­TI­GA­TION INTO THE GREN­FELL TOWER BLAZE CON­TIN­UES, THE COM­MU­NITY WANTS AN­SWERS

A LARGE crowd gath­ered un­der the shadow of the burnt out Gren­fell Tower to take part in a silent walk of re­mem­brance on Mon­day af­ter­noon, June 19.

It was part of the launch of the Jus­tice for Gren­fell cam­paign, and took place from North Kens­ing­ton Li­brary, on Lad­broke Grove, to the Gren­fell site.

The cam­paign’s le­gal strat­egy will be steered un­der the ad­vice of hu­man rights bar­ris­ter Michael Mans­field QC.

The crowd car­ried ban­ners and posters as they spent time slowly walk­ing from Lad­broke Grove to Latymer Com­mu­nity Church, along Cam­bridge Gar­dens.

It was a walk which would nor­mally take no more than 10 min­utes, but this som­bre march lasted close to 90 min­utes.

Be­gin­ning at 4pm, it ended with speeches be­neath the West­way, close to West­way Sports and Fit­ness Cen­tre, with many crit­i­cis­ing the re­sponse of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea Coun­cil and the es­tab­lish­ment.

The meeting be­gan at North Kens­ing­ton Li­brary, a build­ing which has been the sub­ject of sev­eral demon­stra­tions since 2016 af­ter the lo­cal author­ity an­nounced plans to lease the build­ing to a pri­vate school, while build­ing a new li­brary and youth cen­tre, com­plete with com­mer­cial space, at nearby Lan­caster Road.

In a state­ment it said: “We will leave no stone un­turned to en­sure that there is jus­tice for each and eve- ry­one af­fected by this tragic event.

“The cam­paign’s ul­ti­mate aim is to be a plat­form for change to en­sure that such an event never hap­pens again.”

Cam­paign co-or­di­na­tor Toby Lau­rent Bel­son said: “It is hard to be pre­pared for some­thing as dev­as­tat­ing as this.

“How­ever, as a com­mu­nity we have shown and will con­tinue to show that we are pre­pared in ways that are above and be­yond what any pub­lic author­ity can pro­vide for us.”

Ear­lier on Mon­day a na­tional minute’s si­lence was held to re­mem­ber the vic­tims of the fire. A vigil was also held on Mon­day night in Par­lia­ment Square.

PHOTO: ADAM GER­RARD

PHOTO: PHIL HAR­RIS

PHOTO: ADAM GER­RARD

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