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Grenfell Tower victims remembered one year on


The 72 victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster have been remembered exactly one year since the fire broke out.

During a day of mourning, survivors and bereaved families paid tribute to those who died in the blaze on 14 June 2017.

Silences were observed across the country by thousands, including the England football team, MPs, the London Fire Brigade and the Royal Family.

A man holds a heart shaped tribute outside St Helen's Church, North Kensington, following a Grenfell Tower fire Memorial Service to mark one year since the blaze, which claimed 72 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. Thursday marks 12 months since a small kitchen fire in the high-rise turned into the most deadly domestic blaze since the Second World War. See PA story MEMORIAL Grenfell. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
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Many people joined in commemorations

Hundreds attended a private ceremony near the foot of the block in west London.

Many arrived dressed in green, the colour that has come to symbolise the tragedy.



Church services, memorials and other events took place across the country, one year on since the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower.




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Tributes to Grenfell victims on first anniversary

:: Video tributes to the victims of Grenfell

There was a 72-seconds silence which fell over North Kensington shortly before midday, that led a minute’s commemoration observed across the country, 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 wreath at the fence still separating the tower’s hollowed skeleton from the rest of London.

People arrive for the Grenfell Tower anniversary national minute silence and mosaic unveiling at the base of Grenfell Tower in west London to mark a year since the moment the devastating fire which claimed 72 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Grenfell. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Survivors and bereaved families paid tribute to those who died

Celebrities including Adele and Stormzy also joined in commemorations.

Adele has been a vocal supporter of the families and the fire service.

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The train driver held up a green scarf in tribute to the Grenfell anniversary gathering




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Tube driver stops for Grenfell tribute

Stormzy has also been a supporter of the families, as well as being critical of the government’s response.

British singer Marcus Mumford also attended.

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.

David Lammy MP arrives at St Helen's Church, North Kensington, for a Grenfell Tower fire Memorial Service to mark one year since the blaze, which claimed 72 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. Thursday marks 12 months since a small kitchen fire in the high-rise turned into the most deadly domestic blaze since the Second World War. See PA story MEMORIAL Grenfell. Photo credit should read: David Meirzoeff/PA Wire
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Tottenham MP David Lammy, who was friends with victim Khadija Saye, also attended

He paid tribute to his wife, saying he was thinking about her during the silence.

He added: “It was quite weird, I went into the sports centre and I hear ‘Hi Nick’ and it’s Adele calling me over, who introduced me to her new husband and then Marcus comes over and we had a hug, then Stormzy comes over, they have all been unbelievable.

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“I was thanking them for all they’ve done behind the scenes that no-one knows about.

“It was just nice and normal, they may travel the world and are known to millions but down on the ground they are normal people with big hearts wanting to give, this is there community as well, they feel part of it.

“That persona of being famous is out of the window and now they are part of the Grenfell community.”

Doves are released outside St Helen's Church, North Kensington, following a Grenfell Tower fire Memorial Service to mark one year since the blaze, which claimed 72 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. Thursday marks 12 months since a small kitchen fire in the high-rise turned into the most deadly domestic blaze since the Second World War. See PA story MEMORIAL Grenfell. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
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Parallel commemorations took place nearby, including an 11am service of remembrance at St Helen’s Church.

Many held huge green hearts emblazoned with words such as “humanity”, “love”, “unity” and “grace” at the various commemorations that took place throughout the day.

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

The names of all the dead, including stillborn baby Logan Gomes, were read out by different members of the community.

Families of victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster attend a service at the base of the Grenfell Tower in west London to mark a year since the devastating fire which claimed 72 lives. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Grenfell. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Commemorations have taken place throughout the day

After each finished their turn, they said: “Forever in our hearts.”

Members of the public were able to watch the ceremony from a giant screen put up outside nearby Kensington Aldridge Academy.

NHS support workers were on hand in case any residents became distressed.

Silent marches took place throughout the day, between memorial services taking part in different locations.

One mourner collapsed to the floor as a march along Silchester road to the tower reached the base of the site.



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Britons fall silent for 72 seconds to remember Grenfell dead

Parallel commemorations took place nearby, including an 11am service of remembrance at St Helen’s Church.

Among those in attendance was Tottenham MP David Lammy, who was friends with victim Khadija Saye.

He said: “I don’t think a year ago we could have envisaged how little support the community would be given by the local authority and the Government, and that’s in their own words.

London fire commissioner Dany Cotton marks the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with a one minute silence at London Fire Brigade (LFB) HQ in Southwark, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story MEMORIAL Grenfell. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, pays respects

“That has not been the best of our country.

“We need a redoubling of effort in the year ahead, it needs to be much, much better, we need to get those people housed, and we need to continue to support those in the north Kensington area that are deeply traumatised.”



Theresa May says she regrets not meeting Grenfell survivors immediately after fire




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May’s apology to Grenfell survivors

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

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will attend.

Prime Minister Theresa May apologised on Wednesday for not meeting survivors of the fire immediately after it happened, saying “I regret that”.



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