Pictured: Hundreds unite by for emotional candlelit vigil in wake of Grenfell Tower disaster

Heartbreaking images show the moment devastated mourners united by candlelight in memory of at least 30 people killed in the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Poignant photos showed hundreds of people gathered outside the Latymer Christian Church, just yards from the gutted block of flats, to pay tribute to entire families wiped out by the fire in west London.

Two young boys were pictured cross-legged as they looked at cards and flowers laid close to the scene of the inferno which ripped through the 24-storey building in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Many wept openly as a sea of candles softly illuminated the road outside the community centre which housed hundreds of homeless residents in the days after the blaze.


Emotional scenes: Mourners light candles close to Grenfell Tower (PA)

Generous volunteers rallied around to offer clothing, food and water to those whose home were ravaged by fire and those desperately searching for friends and relatives.

The hundreds gathered on Bramley Road joined in with renditions of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, as well as Amazing Grace, during the short service.

Then the crowd were asked to raise candles or torches in the air as they observed two minutes of silence for the dead.


Heatbroken: Many wept at the vigil (PA)

So far, police have confirmed 30 people have died in the tragedy but warned the death toll is expected to rise.

Some 70 people are still believed to be missing while 19 are injured in hospitals across the capital.

Ten of those injured are said to be in a critical condition.


Heartbreaking moment: Two young boys look at flowers and cards (PA)

Brenda Mercer, 64, who organised the vigil, has been instrumental in helping the relief effort from the Latymer centre.

The 64-year-old said: “Last night I came to the wall to lay some flowers and I was overwhelmed because of how people were actually supporting each other, hugging each other.

Second vigil in Notting Hill for Grenfell Tower tragedy

“There were only around a dozen people there and I thought, ‘I need to do something on a bigger scale’, so I went home and organised this.”

Two further vigils were held in Notting Hill in the wake of the incident.

People gather for vigil in Notting Hill in wake of Grenfell tragedy

Furious crowds stormed Kensington Town Hall on Friday night demanding justice.

Other hurled insults including “coward” at Prime Minister Theresa May and called for her to resign as she visited nearby St Clement’s Church.

In a statement released alongside her Birthday Honour’s List the Queen hailed UK residents for showing “resolve” in the wake of the tragedy and terror attacks at Westminster, London Bridge and in Manchester.

She said: “Today is traditionally a day of celebration. 

“This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. 

“During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.”

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