Gren­fell Tower re­mem­bered

Tribute: Ser­vice held for sur­vivors and­be­reaved one year af­ter the towerblock fire

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY JACK HARDY Fri­day, June 15, 2018

Gren­fell Tower sur­vivors and be­reaved fam­i­lies were joined by hun­dreds of mourn­ers in­clud­ing pop­stars Adele and Stor­mzy to pay silent re­spect to the dead one year on.

Those touched by the tragedy which claimed 72 lives gath­ered near the foot of the block in west Lon­don for a mov­ing cer­e­mony which was closed to the pub­lic.

Many ar­rived dressed in green, the colour that has come to sym­bol­ise the ter­ri­ble events of June 14 2017.

The 72 sec­onds of si­lence which fell over North Kens­ing­ton shortly be­fore mid­day led a minute’s com­mem­o­ra­tion ob­served across the c o u n t r y, in­clud­ing at Gov­ern­ment build­ings, the Palace of Westminster and by the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex in Ch­ester.

The Mayor of Lon­don was among those to lay a Hold­ing a 72-sec­ond si­lence in com­mem­mora­tion

wreath at the fence still sep­a­rat­ing the tower’s hol­lowed skele­ton from the rest of Lon­don.

Ni­cholas Bur­ton, a for­mer 19th floor res­i­dent whose wife, Maria del Pi­lar Bur­ton, died in Jan­uary, was the first of the be­reaved to lay flow­ers.

He told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion: “I was just think­ing about my wife dur­ing the minute’s si­lence, hop­ing she’s OK and I got a bit emo­tional.”

Singers Adele, Stor­mzy and Marcus Mum­ford all at­tended the event, hav­ing been vo­cal sup­port­ers of the fam­i­lies af­fected since the fire.

Ear­lier, the day’s first ser­vice saw a com­mu­nity mo­saic un­veiled and a gospel choir per­form songs in­clud­ing Bridge Over Trou­bled Wa­ter.

A silent march is to take place around the neigh­bour­hood on Thurs­day evening.

CER­E­MONY: Mark­ing one year since the blaze with a pro­ces­sion from St He­len’s Church, North Kens­ing­ton

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