Grenfell trib­ute as blocks turn green

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - UK WORLD TODAY -

GRENFELL Tower is among a dozen build­ings which have been il­lu­mi­nated to mark a year since the dev­as­tat­ing fire which killed 72.

The Lon­don Eye, Down­ing Street and other build­ings near to the site of the most deadly do­mes­tic blaze since the Sec­ond World War turned green in the early hours of to­day.

It marks 12 months since a small kitchen fire in the west Lon­don high-rise took hold, with the build­ings lit with green lights from 12.54am – the time of the first 999 call.

A vigil took place at a church near the block, with the names of the 72 vic­tims read out at 1.30am.

The dis­play is one of a series of com­mem­o­ra­tions and vig­ils tak­ing place this week.

From 11am, there was a ser­vice of re­mem­brance at St Helen’s church or­gan­ised by cam­paign group Rel­a­tive Jus­tice Hu­man­ity for Grenfell.

Clar­rie Mendy, who lost two fam­ily mem­bers in the fire and or­gan­ised the an­niver­sary event, said the names of the 72 vic­tims would be read out, while 73 doves were set to be re­leased out­side the church.

She said: “We’ll be re­leas­ing 73 white doves. Why 73 in­stead of 72? One for the un­known. If there were more than 72, we will put one for the un­known.”

In ad­di­tion, a moment of si­lence was due to be ob­served at mid­day.

A com­mu­nity mo­saic was to be un­veiled, while wreaths were due to be laid and can­dles lit.

In the after­noon, the com­mu­nity is ex­pected to con­gre­gate at the nearby “Wall of Truth” ahead of the silent march which will set off around 7pm.

After the march, fam­i­lies will come to­gether for a com­mu­nity If­tar to break bread with those fast­ing over Ra­madan.

The be­reaved and sur­vivors group Grenfell United hopes the idea will be­come an an­nual event.

To­day and to­mor­row, more than 2,000 school­child­ren across the UK will sing Grenfell From To­day – a char­ity sin­gle in­spired by Corn­wall Hugs Grenfell, which of­fers hol­i­days to those af­fected.

El­iz­a­beth Camp­bell, leader of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea Coun­cil, said the au­thor­ity’s thoughts are with be­reaved fam­i­lies, vic­tims and the sur­vivors.

She said: “It will be a dif­fi­cult day for the com­mu­nity, with poignant mo­ments to re­mem­ber those who lost their lives a year ago.”

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