Adele and Stormzy stand side by side with Londoners at Grenfell Tower singing Lean on Me a year on from tragedy



Adele and Stormzy stood side-by-side with Londoners at the base of Grenfell Tower as they sang a moving rendition of Lean on Me one year on from the disaster that killed 72 people.

Thousands of people gathered at the block in west London on Thursday to pay their respects, many dressed in green, the colour that has come to symbolise last year’s terrible events.

Both stars, who were also joined by Marcus Mumford, have been outspoken about the lack of support given to Grenfell victims in the wake of the horrifying blaze.

Stormzy ferociously criticised Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this year during a performance at the Brit awards, demanding on stage “where’s the money for Grenfell”.

Adele said during a concert at Wembley Stadium shortly after the tragedy: “They’re not receiving the things we think they are. It’s a f****** mess. No information is getting through, people feel helpless.

“No one knows what they’re doing down there, it’s chaos.”

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Nicholas Burton, a former 19th floor resident whose wife, Maria del Pilar Burton, died in January, described them as “normal people with big hearts”.

He said: “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.

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

“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 their community as well, they feel part of it.”

Victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Final death toll: Just some of the victims who were killed in the Grenfell Tower blaze

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Final death toll: Just some of the victims who were killed in the Grenfell Tower blaze

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Five-year-old Isaac Paulos

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Logan Gomes, who was stillborn after his family escaped from the 21st floor of the Grenfell Tower

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Victoria King, 71, and her 40-year-old daughter Alexandra Atala were among those who died in the blaze

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A photograph of Mohamed Amied Neda as his family were forced to hold a second funeral

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Maria Del Pilar Burton, who was rescued from the 19th floor of Grenfell Tower, has died seven months on from the blaze

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Alexandra Atala, 40, the last victim to be named and pictured from the Grenfell fire

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Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi

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Rania Ibrahim, Fethia Hassan and Hania Hassan

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Raymond Bernard

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Bassem Choucair and Nadia Choucair

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Sirria Choucair

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Mierna Choucair

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Fatima Choucair died along with five other relatives

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Hashim Kedir, wife Nura and children Yahya, 13, left, Firdaws, 11, and Yaqub, six.

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Mehdi El-Wahabi, 8, lived on the 21st floor of Grenfell Tower

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Ligaya Moore, 79, a Filipino living in the tower

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Artist Khadija Saye

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Victim: 12-year-old Jessica Urbano Ramirez was killed in the fire

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Victim: Farah Hamdan, 31, pictured with her baby daughter

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Mohamednur Tuccu, 44, and his three-year-old daughter Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin

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Berkti Haftom, 29 and Biruk Haftom, 12

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Victim: Sakina Afrasehabi, 65, died in the Grenfell Tower fire

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Fatima Afraseiabi

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‘Well respected’: Grandmother-of-six Sheila Smith was killed in the Grenfell Tower blaze

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Hamid Kani was found on the 23rd floor

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Steve Power

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Young victim: Jeremiah Deen, two, died in the blaze

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Zainab Deen

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Anthony Disson

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Ali Yawar Jafari

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Nora Huda

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Hesham Rahman

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Gary Maunders

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Ernie Vital and his mother Marjorie

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Amal Ahmedin and Amaya

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Amna Mahmud Idris

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Kamru Miah, 79, who died in the Grenfell Tower fire

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Rabeya Begum

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Mohammed Hamid, 27, died in the fire

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Mohammed Hanif

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Husna Begum

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Fathia Ali Ahmed Elsanosi

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Vincent Chiejina

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Abdulaziz El-Wahabi

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Faouzia El-Wahabi, 41

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Yasin El-Wahabi, 20

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Nur Huda El-Wahabi, 16,

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Mehdi El-Wahabi, 8, lived on the 21st floor of Grenfell Tower

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Khadija Khaloufi

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Omar Belkadi, 32, and Farah Hamdan, 31

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Lily Allen, also a vocal supporter of the victims, tweeted a tribute despite saying in the same tweet that she did want to “sound trite”.

She wrote: “I can’t think of anything to say about Grenfell that doesn’t sound trite.

“So I’ll just say this, never forget, never stop searching for the truth, never give up on justice.”

Earlier today, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was among those to lay a wreath at the fence still separating the tower’s hollowed skeleton from the rest of London.

Parallel commemorations have taken place near the tower block, 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.

A minute of silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower

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The Queen Elizabeth and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Genfell Tower fire during their visit to Chester

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People stop for a minute’s silence outside Notting Hill methodist church on the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

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London Fire Brigade mark the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with a one minute silence at London Fire Brigade HQ in Southwark, London

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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

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A fire officer rings a bell to signal the start of a one minute silence, at London Fire Brigade HQ in Southwark, London, to mark the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

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People at 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 live

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan lays a wreath the Grenfell Tower anniversary national minute silence and mosaic unveiling at the base of Grenfell Tower

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A lone vicar stands by flower during the minutes silence outside Notting Hill Methodist church on the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Members of Parliament observe a 72 second silence in the House of Commons, London, in memory of those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower

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Members of the England soccer team line up for a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell tower fire before a training session in Repino, Russia

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Members of the England soccer team line up for a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell tower fire before a training session in Repino, Russia

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The Queen Elizabeth and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Genfell Tower fire during their visit to Chester

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London Fire Brigade mark the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with a one minute silence at London Fire Brigade HQ in Southwark, London

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (right) and Lord Mayor of Cork Tony Fitzgerald (2nd right) observe a 72 second silence in memory of those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower during a civic reception at City Hall in Cork

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London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton (second right) and members of London Fire Brigade mark the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with a one minute silence at London Fire Brigade HQ in Southwark, London

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People outside St Helen’s Church, North Kensington, ahead of a Grenfell Tower fire Memorial Service to mark one year since the blaze, which claimed 72 lives

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London Fire Brigade mark the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with a one minute silence at London Fire Brigade HQ in Southwark, London

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Members of the public pay their respects at the memorial wall by Grenfell Tower on the anniversary of the Grenfell fire

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Members of the Scottish Parliament observe a minutes silence in memory of the Grenfell Tower fire victims before the start of First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

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People gather outside St Helen’s Church, North Kensington, for the Grenfell Tower fire Memorial Service to mark one year since the blaze, which claimed 72 lives

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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.

“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.”

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A silent march will take place this evening around the neighbourhood, attended by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Shortly before midday, 72 seconds of silence fell over north Kensington which 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.

Just after 2pm grieving families from a separate church service led a hushed crowd along Silchester Road to the tower.

Many held huge green hearts emblazoned with words such as “humanity”, “love”, “unity” and “grace”.

London Underground train driver stops his journey to salute people commemorating the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

An anguished mourner collapsed to the floor weeping as the march reached the base of the site.

Earlier, 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 and Mrs Burton, were read out by different members of the community.

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

Silence then fell over the gathered crowd, all still except for the rustle of leaves in the trees.

As the mourners stood quietly, a chill wind passed through the area, stark in contrast to the sweltering conditions on the day of the fire.

By the time all the wreaths had been laid, however, the sun had broken overhead, bathing the streets in warm light.

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



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