Grenfell Tower silence: Thousands to march in memory of victims one year on from tragedy



Thousands of grieving community members, volunteers and campaigners will join together for a silent walk past the site of the Grenfell Tower a year on from the tragic fire.

Silent walks have been held on the 14th of each month since the fire, giving people a quiet and dignified moment to reflect on the events of the early hours of June 14 2017.

As London, and the UK, marks 12 months since the horrific blaze, 2,000 people are set to attend the vigil.

Organisers have asked for the community to “join in an evening of reflection” for the one-year silent march. 

Traumatised: The community is encouraged to take part in the vigil and various events (PA)

“In what has been the toughest year so far we have remained dignified and have remained united,” the event page said. 

“We ask that this silent walk is used to pay respects and to honour those no longer with us. We carry the memory with us on every walk and are keen to make this walk all about love and unity!”

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Mourners will gather at 5.30pm at Maxilla walk, where there will be a candlelit vigil, before the walk sets of at 7pm.

Mourners: The walk will begin with a candlelit vigil before setting off around the area near the tower (PA)

It will travel up Lancaster Road left onto Ladbroke Grove, finishing in Kensington Memorial Park where there will be a community Iftar – the evening meal where Muslims observing Ramadan break their fast. 

The reflective event is one of a series planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the fire, which left 72 people dead.  

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The public inquiry has paused for a week to allow people time to reflect on the anniversary.

Grenfell Memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral – In pictures

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Mourners leave after attending the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Adele teary eyed and emotional sitting next to Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan during the the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Maria Jafari bereaved daughter, speaking at Grenfell Tower memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Mourners hold white roses at the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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rince Harry, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales attend the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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A banner at Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, to mark the six month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Mourners arrive at St Paul’s cathedral for a Grenfell Tower National Memorial service

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Firefighters arriving for the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, to mark the six month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Guests arriving at Grenfell Tower Memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott arriving

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Prince Harry, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales attend the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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A woman appears emotional as she leaves the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, to mark the six month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

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People hold photos and flowers as they leave after the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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People gather on the steps after the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, to mark the six month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

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People hold photos and flowers as they leave after the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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The Duchess of Cambridge leaves St Paul’s Cathedral after a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Adele leaves St Paul’s Cathedral after a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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The Duke and Duchess (left) of Cambridge and Prince Harry (2nd left) attend the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, to mark the six month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Theresa May arriving at Grenfell Tower Memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Sir Martin Moore-Bick, chairman of the Grenfell public inquiry arrives at Grenfell Tower Memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Former footballer Les Ferdinand arrives

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Mourners arrive at St Paul’s cathedral for a Grenfell Tower National Memorial service

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry (behind) attend the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

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The Duchess of Cambridge arrives

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People arriving for the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, to mark the six month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral for a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Mourners arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral for a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Grenfell survivors and bereaved familly members attend the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arrives at St Paul’s cathedral for a Grenfell Tower National Memorial service

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Mourners arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral for a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Members of the public gather outside St Paul’s Cathedral ahead of the Grenfell Tower national memorial service

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At 0.54am today Grenfell Tower and the surrounding buildings were turned green to mark the exact time the block caught fire.

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Twelve blocks turned “green for Grenfell” in a show of solidarity across the west London skyline, while Downing Street was also illuminated.

The 13 buildings were list until 5am and, for the following four evenings, they will be illuminated from 8pm until midnight.

At 11am, there will be a service of remembrance at St Helen’s church organised by campaign group Relative Justice Humanity for Grenfell.

Banners are unveiled at the top of Grenfell Tower (PA)

Clarrie Mendy, who lost two family members in the fire and organised the event, said the names of the 72 victims would be read out, while 73 doves will be released outside the church.

Events

0.54am – Grenfell and surrounding buildings turned green

11am – anniversary memorial service at St Helen’s church

12pm – private silence observed by survivors and bereaved by the tower and unveiling of green community mosaic

7pm – silent walk

Saturday: march to Downing Street

In addition, a moment of silence will be observed at midday by survivors and bereaved gathered close to the tower’s base and nationally.

A community mosaic is to be unveiled, while wreaths will be laid and candles lit.

Yvette Williams, from campaign group Justice 4 Grenfell, said: “I think we kind of almost move from ‘did it really happen at all?’ to ‘it feels like it happened yesterday’, to looking at the struggles the bereaved families and survivors have had over the year (and realising) that it is actually a year.

Justice demo: Hundreds of people joined the march (Getty Images)

“We want the nation to keep Grenfell in their consciousness. The anniversary is about love and support – the fight can start again on Friday and Saturday – and keeping that humanity going on that day.”

Tomorrow, schools across the country are expected to take part in “Green for Grenfell”, a day to “celebrate the spirit of people coming together”.

And on Saturday, thousands are expected to march to Downing Street calling for more answers as to the circumstances of the fire.

A protest march, organised by campaign groups, will march to Downing Street at midday. 

Today marks a year on from the Grenfell Tower (AP)

The event page says: Justice for Grenfell and FBU call on people from around Britain who demand justice to join us.

“One year on and after 72 people have died and 70 [were] injured in the Grenfell Tower fire. the government leaves behind a trail of broken promises.”



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