Firefighters honoured as Notting Hill Carnival falls silent for second day in memory of Grenfell Tower victims



Notting Hill Carnival fell silent for a second time today to honour firefighters who risked their lives rescuing Londoners from the fire disaster at Grenfell Tower.

Members of the London Fire Brigade bowed their heads for a minute’s silence in front of hundreds of carnival-goers who offered them support. At least 80 people died in the tragedy on June 14.

Onn the closing day of the street party on Monday, carnival fell silent to honour the victims.

Firefighters were once again applauded and cheered after crowds paid their respects at 3pm at Europe’s biggest street party.

Paramedics were pictured alongside revellers with their heads bowed as carnival goers paid their respects victims of the June 14 blaze.

Music was cut, floats moving along the parade route came to a complete stop and people stood still as a sign of respect for the second time on Monday.

It came after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on Sunday urged crowds to keep those who died in the tragedy in their thoughts and prayers.

crowds rushed to thank firefighters after the minute’s silence on the second day of the carnival (BBC)

He added that the event takes place “in the context of sadness and sorrow”.

At least 80 people are feared dead following the Lancaster West estate blaze, including 52 who have been formally identified.

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Two women wave for the cameras at the start of day two of Notting Hill Carnival

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Carnival performers parade in the sunshine on the main Parade day of the Notting Hill Carnival

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Hot stuff: Carnival-goers bask in what was predicted to be record levels of heat

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A woman dances in the sunshine at Carnival

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A carnival performer poses for photos

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A woman blows kisses to the camera as parades get underway on the second day of carnival

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Carnival performers parade in the sunshine

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A woman dances in the parade on day two of the 2017 Carnival

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A woman gives a cheeky wiggle for photographers

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Performers make their way to the start of the parade on the second and final day of the Notting Hill Carnival

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Dancers head to Carnival on the Tube

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A dancer bares (almost) all ahead of the second day of Carnival

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There will be further commemorations for the Grenfell Tower victims later today

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Police officers pass performers ahead of the second day of Carnival

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Dancers from the Paraiso School of Samba observe their own minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Performers prepare to take part in the parade

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Two women make their way to the start of the parade

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Juliana Campos and her nine-year-old daughter practice their moves before the start of the celebrations

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Four women in burlesque outfits get ready to wow the crowds at carnival

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Samba dancers prepare for their big day in the sun

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Four dancers get ready to take part in the Carnival parade

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The usually noisy carnival site was quiet and many people were visibly moved and in tears as they stopped their celebrations and bowed their heads.

A klaxon sounded the end of the minute’s silence and soundsystems resumed music as people hugged each other.

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For the second time, many carnival-goers gathered outside the fire station in Notting Hill to honour the firefighters who attended the Grenfell fire.

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Scores of revellers attended the two-day event dressed in green, which was an arranged tribute to the victims.

Performers passing the burnt-out tower were encouraged to lower their music volume and walk respectfully instead of dancing while hundreds of hand-drawn tributes, flowers and candles laid in the wake of the fire was protected by fencing.

Organisers and community leaders said they hope the 2017 event will provide a “healing opportunity” for survivors of the blaze.



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