Grenfell tribute as blocks turn green
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.”