Bereaved Grenfell families mark first anniversary of tragedy

Bereaved Grenfell families mark first anniversary of tragedy

Adele and Stormzy today joined thousands of mourners to remember the 72 victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster as Britain fell silent on the first anniversary of the deadliest residential fire since the Blitz.

The devastated west London community became a sea of green – the colour adopted as a symbol of grief and hope in the wake of the blaze – as many stood tearfully and hugged at midday for 72 seconds.

Adele looked emotional as she stood among mourners in the shadow of Grenfell Tower and sang along as a gospel choir performed Bill Withers’ hit Lean on Me while wreaths were laid and candles were lit in memory of the dead.

Rapper Stormzy stood quietly feet away at the ‘wall of truth’ before posing for pictures with children affected by the tragedy. Marcus Mumford was also there and all three stars have been demanding justice for Grenfell’s victims. 

Today’s 72-second silence was observed by millions across the UK including the Queen, who was dressed all in green and stood quietly next to Meghan Markle on their first royal engagement together in Cheshire.

In London green balloons then flew from the roof of Grenfell as large crowds gathered in its shadow to pray, lay white roses and light candles to remember their loved-ones.

Faith and community leaders also released 73 doves into the sky – one for every life lost on June 14, 2017, and another for the victims they fear have never been identified – before a silent march where one woman collapsed in tears as they approached the tower.

Bishop of Kensington Dr Graham Tomlin today told a memorial service at St Helen’s Church that a will to stop another tragedy like Grenfell must rise from the ‘ashes of the tower’.  

He said: ‘Grenfell Tower can remain an ongoing symbol of pain and loss – a monument to our failure to listen and to care for one another – or it can become a symbol of change and renewal’. 

At the ‘wall of truth’ at the base of Grenfell Tower pop star Adele sang along to Bill Withers’ ‘Lean on Me’ as rapper Stormzy stood nearby before posing with fans for pictures

Stormzy met some of the children affected by the tragedy and stood nearby as wreaths were laid at the ‘wall of truth’

Faith and community leaders then released 73 doves into the North Kensington sky – one for every life lost on June 14 2017 and another for the victims they fear have never been identified

An emotional woman appears to weep at a memorial service at St Helen’s Church to mark the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire today while outside people held one another during the minute’s silence for the 72 who lost their lives

Large crowds gather at a memorial near the Grenfell Tower on the one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire today

Adele, 30, from Tottenham, North London, made a discreet appearance at Grenfell last June less than 24 hours after the fire at a vigil to support victims and survivors, and she was said to have ‘hugged and comforted’ them.

Then in August, she treated children who survived the blaze to a private film screening of Despicable Me 3 in Bayswater, and in December broke down in tears during a memorial for the victims at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Stormzy, 24, meanwhile thrust the disaster back into the public spotlight in February with a politically charged performance at the Brit awards, during which he sang: ‘Yo Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?’

The rapper featured on a charity single to raise money for the victims, and at Glastonbury Festival urged the ‘f***ing government to be held accountable for the f***ery, and we ain’t gonna stop until we get what we deserve.’

Earlier victims’ families embraced as they packed out St Helen’s Church for a memorial service opened by a gospel choir singing Amazing Grace and ended with Bridge Over Troubled Water. 

Bishop Tomlin said: ‘I think today is a really important day for the whole nation to remember Grenfell. We could change a lot of things, we could identify who was responsible, we can make building regulation changes. 

‘But unless we ask some more fundamental questions about the way we relate to each other in society and how we care for one another, then we will just go back to the way we normally are.

‘I think Grenfell is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ask some really deep questions about the way we live together, the way we care for each other in society.’ 

The Queen wore green today and stood for the minute’s silence alongside Meghan Markle for the minute’s silence along with millions of others

Thousands stood silent around the tower at Midday today to mark a year since the moment the devastating fire which claimed 72 lives

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton 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

Two friends cling to each other as their community became a sea of green as they remembered the 72 dead while another was unable to contain her tears 

The church in West London was decked out in green, with ribbons tied round pillars and scarves on each seat

St Helen’s Church was full today as the community in West London united to remember the 72 victims of the fire where one woman wiped away tears and looks to the heavens

Hundreds of mourners from the nearby service began slowly marching up Silchester Road, adjacent to Grenfell Tower, shortly before 2pm.

They were led by bereaved relatives carrying a large floral display spelling ‘Humanity for Grenfell’. 

As the march reached the foot of Grenfell Tower, an anguished mourner collapsed to the floor weeping.

She was surrounded by paramedics and the crowd were asked to move away.

Grenfell Tower, other blocks of flats and London landmarks including Downing Street and Kensington Palace were all turned green overnight to mark the first anniversary of the horrifying fire. 

Bereft families then marched silently and tearfully through the streets to the base of the tower at 12.54am – the time of the first 999 call – and pinned photographs of dead loved-ones to the ‘wall of truth’.

England shows respect for Grenfell victims from Russia World Cup

By Shekhar Bhatia in Repino, St Petersburg 

England today held a one minute tribute to the Grenfell victims on the first anniversary of the disaster.

Led by coach Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane, they bowed their head and remembered the 72 victims.

A staff member blew a whistle as the players stood in the centre circle of the Spartak Zelenogorsk stadium.

A second whistle ended the tribute and the World Cup squad returned to their trading schedule.

One observer said: ‘ That was a great tribute and surprised a few of us.

‘It was respectful and timely. Most of us are thinking of that tragedy today despite us being so far away from home.’ 

Above them the scorched 24-storey building shone bright green and was wrapped in a banner: ‘Grenfell forever in our hearts’.  

Silence fell over the crowds shortly before midday, a tribute observed immaculately by those on the surrounding roads.

The gospel choir marked the end of the minute’s quiet by gently rising into a performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Mourners could be seen wiping away tears as the performance progressed, while the crowd further back swelled in number.

Bereaved family members carrying photos and bouquets of flowers released 73 white doves contained in seven wicker baskets tied with green ribbon.

The birds flew into the blue sky, which cleared to allow the sun to shine through as the service ended.

The crowd at the foot of the tower were told: ‘On June 14 2017, the local community came together in a show of unity.

‘We would like you all to now turn to your left and introduce yourself to your neighbour.’

Hugs and handshakes were then exchanged among the crowd, while grieving relatives took it in turns to write tributes on the perimeter fence in marker pen.

Wreaths were then laid near the giant Grenfell sign by bereaved relatives and survivors, followed by residents of the wider Lancaster West estate.

As families continued to pour forward and lay flowers, a female singer began to play Somewhere Over The Rainbow on piano.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was among those who stepped forward to lay a wreath.

He paused for a moment and looked at the floral tributes, before shaking hands with chairman of Grenfell United Shahin Sadafi and stepping back.

Representatives from the police, NHS and emergency services then placed their own flowers.

The first survivor forward was Nicholas Burton, whose wife Maria del Pilar Burton died in January. They had both escaped the 19th floor.

Many relatives came forward carrying single white roses and could be seen embracing each other warmly.

Ahead of the national silence, bereaved families were invited to light candles in memory of their loved ones in St Helen’s Church.

All in the packed church stood at midday to remember the 72 lives lost.

Silence fell over the congregation, save for low sobs coming from the front as the bereaved lit their candles.

After the reflections, a rendition of Lean On Me was sung by a gospel choir.

Mourners stand in reverential silence for 72 seconds – one for every live lost in the Grenfell Tower fire

Families of people who lost loved ones laid white roses and lit candles at the wall of truth at the base of Grenfell 

Two women clutching Grenfell symbols bearing the words love and justice embrace ahead of a moving service 

Today marks 12 months since a small kitchen fire in the West London high-rise took hold of the building and engulfed it in flames

The congregation listen during the memorial service this morning at St Helen’s Church in North Kensington, West London, which was filled with prayer and song

Bereaved families and local community members gathered at St Helen’s Church in North Kensington for a memorial service

Poignant: Grenfell Tower (pictured centre) and neighbouring blocks illuminated green to mark one year since the disaster

Outside St Helen’s Church today giant green flowers cascaded across the path outside while green ribbons tied to the street’s trees and fences fluttered in the breeze.

Clarrie Mendy, who organised today’s memorial service, prayed to God that every soul that perished in the blaze would live on ‘eternally in your golden paradise, Heaven’.

After she spoke, the names of the 72 lives claimed by the fire were read out.

Benches at the front of the church were reserved for families of those who died in the blaze, including relatives of Ali Yawar Jafari, Gary Maunders, Steve Power, Jessica Urbano-Ramirez Ligaya Moore and the Choucair family.

Ms Mendy said: ‘Today we pray for all bereaved family members to further receive strength, courage and faith to continue daily.’

She added: ‘Help us to come to terms, knowing that 72 angels ascended into your heavenly realm on the 14th of June 2017.’

The worst residential fire in Britain since the Second World War killed 72 but also displaced up to 200 families – with more than 100 of those still waiting for permanent new homes and scores still living out of suitcases in hotel rooms. 

In the year since the fire a public inquiry has started to find out how and why the 24-storey block became a ball of flames 12 months ago today.

Housing chiefs and contractors must explain why it was wrapped in flammable cladding, had new windows that fanned the flames and fire doors unable to withstand any major blaze, and no sprinkler system to stop the blaze spreading.

Fire chiefs also face questions over why families were told to ‘stay put’ in their flats for almost two hours when one side of the tower was alight from top to bottom in just over ten minutes.  

Kensington and Chelsea Council floundered leaving displaced survivors including the elderly and very young without money, food, clothes or a roof over their heads until charities, community groups and churches stepped in magnificently.

But in the chaos this generosity was abused by a feckless minority with five people already convicted of pretending to be victims to grab £100,000-plus in cash and free hotel accommodation and at least four more set to face trial this year.

Green balloons fly from the roof of Grenfell Tower as Britain fell silent in remembrance today

In the shadow of the tower huge crowds, all wearing green, stood at the wall of truth where they remembered the fallen

Mourners, all wearing green, stopped for the minute’s silence in North Kensington but it was observed across the UK

A woman cries as she looks at the flowers and candles left for those whose lives were claimed a year ago today

The Duke of Kent (back left) and the Duchess of Kent (centre) arrive for the Grenfell Tower anniversary national minute silence

Police officers wear green scarves to mark the one-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in West London

Prominent solicitor Imran Khan arrives for the Grenfell Tower anniversary wearing a green tie and pin badge

People arrive for the Grenfell Tower anniversary national minute silence and mosaic unveiling at the base of the block today

A woman places two lit candles after attending a memorial service at St Helen’s Church in North Kensington

Some sat and others stood when they remembered those who lost their lives in the terrible fire a year ago

Hundreds of people took part in a silent march on the tower shortly after midnight, with tears streaming down the faces of mourners clutching photographs of their loved ones.

The crowd gathered at the foot of the tragic tower block for a poignant vigil and memorial service where the victim’s names were all read aloud and pictures of them pinned to Grenfell ‘wall of truth’.

One woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told MailOnline with tears in her eyes: ‘This shouldn’t have been able to happen. We shouldn’t be here looking at this’.

Around the foot of Grenfell Tower, a sound system and giant screen have been erected as preparations continue for a national minute’s silence at midday.

A podium has been placed in front of the site perimeter where, one year on, a giant heart sign with ‘Grenfell’ written across the middle rests.

In the streets surrounding the site of the fire – which is now covered by scaffolding and banners – lampposts and zebra crossings are festooned with green material, a colour which has become synonymous with the tragedy.

Commuters at nearby Latimer Road Tube station were also greeted on Thursday morning by a floral heart at the entrance.

Antonio Roncolato, a former resident of the 10th floor of the west London high-rise block, called for a day of reflection and support as the nation prepares to mark one year since the blaze.

Near the base of the ruined block in west Kensington on Thursday morning, he said: ‘Today is a very important day. We have to remember what has happened – I am very lucky and fortunate to be alive.

‘My thoughts are all the time with people that are no longer with us but mainly with the families of those people because their wounds are very much open and very painful.

‘Today is a time to reflect and to raise further awareness and make sure that the world is still listening because we don’t want this to happen ever again’.

The England team in Russia for the World Cup stop for a minute’s silence at Midday their time to show their respects for the Grenfell dead

A Tube train rushes past Grenfell Tower – wrapped up with a green heart – on the first anniversary of the fire

Hamid Ali Jafari places a picture of his father, Ali Yawar Jafari on a wall of messages under the Westway Flyover in teh shadow of Grenfell

The Prime Minister left this note with some flowers left at Grenfell today. Mrs May has apologised this week for not speaking to victims at the time

Last night in a moving tribute a Tube driver stopped his train on a bridge to hold a green scarf to families who had gathered below to remember the dead.

The unnamed man blew his whistle and was cheered wildly as he paid respects to Grenfell’s dead and those who mourn them.

Today’s commemorations came after weeks of poignant and distressing evidence at the public inquiry into Britain’s worst fire in recent memory.

First the families of all the 72 dead had the chance to speak for as long as they wanted to about their loved-ones and their lives so cruelly cut short.

Many sobbed as they described their final phone calls to them – with some waiting on the phone hearing the crackle of fire after their relatives had died. 

Others told inspirational stories of how victims used their final moments to save and protect the elderly, young and vulnerable as they were engulfed by fire.

Last week it emerged that fire chiefs chiefs could face criminal charges over the controversial ‘stay put’ advice it gave to Grenfell Tower residents during the inferno.

Scotland Yard is investigating senior commanders at the London Fire Brigade over potential breaches of health and safety laws by enforcing the stay put policy.

On the night of the blaze, Grenfell residents were told to stay in their flats for almost two hours by the fire service, even as flames spread to the top of the 24-storey building in just 12 minutes. One senior officer only changed the order after seeing the tower burning on Sky News.

Police are yet to arrest anyone over the blaze, despite the tower being encased in dangerous cladding that accelerated the fire and new safety features that blatantly made the block a death trap. 

One year on: Family and friends of the victims who died in the Grenfell Tower disaster walked the streets of Kensington this morning in tribute 

Justice: Mourners gathered by the cordon surrounding the now covered up tower block to hear the names of the victims read aloud 

Never forget: Noha Baghdady, sister of Hesham Rahman who died in the fire, described the last year as ‘hell’ and said she thought of her late brother every day

Thirteen sites across London including Downing Street (pictured) and Kensington Palace glowed green – the adopted colour of the Grenfell community – in a show of solidarity across capital’s skyline

Paying tribute: Kensington Palace, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, illuminated its windows out of respect to the victim’s who died 

Disappointed: Tarek Gotti, who lost six members of his family in the disaster, said he was saddened and disappointed the memorial was interrupted by ‘rude’ members of the public 

Sorrow: Relatives holding photographs of their loved ones laid white roses and teddy bears at the scene of a memorial 

Last nigh the silent marchers found their voices as each announced the names of the deceased.

A picture of every victim was pinned to the ‘wall of truth’ – a section of the fencing around the base of the tower featuring messages and candles.

But the mood grew tense when a heated row erupted within the crowd. The outbreak interrupted the memorial and caused further anguish for a grieving family, who decided to leave. 

Speaking to MailOnline, Tarek Gotti, who lost six members of his family in the disaster, said he was saddened and disappointed the memorial was interrupted.

The 42-year-old, who lives a minute from the tower, said: ‘I just had enough and had to leave. It’s rude and it’s not fair that it was interrupted. This was supposed to be our time today to remember our loved ones. This is about everyone that died not just one person.’ 

He said: ‘Nothing has changed here in a year. We as residents are traumatised. What we saw then was just rude. I am the one who has lost my family.’

Mr Gotti’s message to the people who caused the disturbance was: ‘Don’t be selfish. We need to stay under one umbrella, this shouldn’t be all about one person or one group.’ 

Although now twelve months ago, memories of the devastating night were fresh in the minds of those who witnessed the devastation. 

Mr Gotti added: ‘I live just around the corner but I hate coming back here, it’s devastating. I came to show my respects but it is really hard for me. I have to see the tower block every day.’  

Farhiya Abdi, 42,  was one of the first to arrive at Grenfell from her home as the fire spread. She said: ‘I saw everything from the start of that night and I couldn’t sleep for three weeks. 

‘When I closed my eyes I would hear the screaming for help, see the children’s faces at the window again. I saw people jump to their death,’ she said earlier in the evening, at a remembrance event on a closed-off nearby street.’

For relatives of the victims, the last year has been long and hard as their fight for justice is at its infancy.   

Noha Baghdady, 42, spoke to MailOnline days after the fire last year and shortly after she discovered her eldest rother Hesham Rahman had died in the blaze.  

Grief: Friends of victims wept as they marched silently to the base of the cordon surrounding Grenfell Tower 

Silent march: The grieving community came together to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire

Bereaved family members of those who died in the diaster wore green and held pictures of their loved ones as they marched towards the tower

The 57-year-old diabetic lived on the 21st floor but was disabled. When he called 999, he was told to stay inside his flat. The last his family heard from him was on the morning of the fire when he told his mother he was running out of battery.

London goes green for Grenfell to mark one year since tragedy  

Grenfell Tower and surrounding blocks lit up in green to mark a year since the moment the devastating fire took hold, claiming 72 lives. 

Battersea Fire Station, Kensington Palace and Downing Street were among the buildings which turned green in a mark of  solidarity across the West London skyline. 

They were lit up at 00.54am on Thursday – the time off the first 999 call reporting the fire – until 5am. For the following four evenings they will be illuminated from 8pm until midnight.

The display is one of a series of commemorations and vigils taking place this week as the public inquiry takes a step back.  

Speaking to MailOnline this morning, one year on,  Mrs Baghdady said: ‘Today is going to be a tough day. This gathering has been lovely and it’s surprising as I didn’t expect so many people to be here for us, it’s incredibly moving.’

Describing the past year, she said: ‘It has been absolute hell. Every single day I think of Grenfell. I sleep, wake up – Grenfell. Whether it’s fighting for justice, writing reports for the inquiry or travelling, it’s very full on. It’s all consuming but we will do what we have to do.I just hope the community spirit holds up.’

Last year the mother spoke to MailOnline two days after she discovered her brother lost his life in the fire.

Speaking at the time, Mrs Baghdady spoke of how her brother was told repeatedly told to stay inside his flat on the 22nd floor  by the authorities- and because of his disability he was unable to leave. 

Mrs Baghdady said: ‘I miss my brother terribly. He should be here right now. The fact he isn’t for something so silly means we are in so much pain. I have been sentenced to live in pain for the rest of my life and I will suffer until my dying day. It’s not fair.’

Looking to the future, she said:   ‘At the moment our focus is to make sure no other tower blocks have the same cladding but there are still people sleeping tonight in towers like Grenfell. Another disaster can happen, we need to stop it immediately otherwise there will be other families out there like us losing their loved ones. 

Including Grenfell itself, a total of thirteen towers through London will glow green for four nights to mark the one-year anniversary since the disaster 

Community: Mourners wearing the colours and t-shirts which have come to represent the campaigning efforts following the tragedy were silent as the victim’s names were read aloud 

Tears: Many were crying as they held pictures of friends and family who died in the Grenfell Tower blaze one year ago

‘We are never going to get our people back so our fight now is to make sure this never happens again. We want our voices to be heard and hopefully people will listen.’

Mrs Baghdady was one of the families to be invited to Downing Street to meet Theresa May earlier this week.

The Prime Minster was heavily criticised last year for taking too long to meet survivors and community leaders. She this week apologised and admitted she was wrong.

For Mrs Baghdady, she said it is time to give Mrs May a chance. She described Downing Street as ‘very posh’ and said they were served champagne and fed while Theresa listened to their individual stories. ‘She’s trying to make up for last year, we have to give her credit for inviting us. Hopefully she will take seriously what we’ve been saying,’ she said.

The Prime Minster then planted bulbs with the children caught up in the tragedy in the garden to serve as a memorial.

Mrs Baghdady said her one wish is that other tower blocks in the UK with cladding are removed immediately and she hopes having met the Prime Minister that these concerns are addressed.

Organisers unveiled banners and t-shirts emblazoned with slogans demanding justice, one of several such events taking place.

Nearly everybody wore a green scarf – the adopted colour of the tragedy – while the tower was illuminated in green, along with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Downing Street office. 

Striking: Grenfell Tower will be illuminated each night for the next four evenings 

Relatives, survivors and friends of victims of the Grenfell tower fire walk to the tower to hold a vigil, one year after the fire 

She told how on the night of the tragedy she had waved goodbye to a friend at midnight before returning to her Notting Hill home just a stones throw away. She woke up the next morning to learn the devastating news.

Twelve months on she said this evening she felt ‘compelled’ to return to the site.

Nineteen-year-old student Morgan Tanawa-Bamba said he felt he had to visit too. ‘I live just up the road. It feels very surreal seeing it lit up knowing at some point it’s going to get raised to the ground.

The Kensington teenager added: ‘It is bittersweet. You’re never going to forget the people who died there and tonight with it covered up you can almost imagine they are still alive inside there and are safe.’

Speaking about the council’s role in the disaster, he said: ‘It’s all about money. It couldn’t get any worse than what happened. People predicted what would happen but the council didn’t listen. It’s just an utter, utter tragedy.’

Earlier this week May told parliament on Wednesday that the ‘unimaginable tragedy remains at the forefront of our minds’.

For the local community, they have had little choice during a traumatic and frustrating past 12 months.

‘I thought time would’ve healed us but time hasn’t done anything,’ said Chris Imafidon, 50, who knew six different families bereaved by the blaze through a local education charity he works for.

‘This is reviving the memories of that night, because we’re all out on the street again – I see the same faces,’ he added, surveying the other locals who had turned out in remembrance.

Among the attendees were former tower residents Marcio and Andreia Gomes, whose son was stillborn hours after the fire, and local firefighters who responded that night.

On a row of tables stretching at least 50 metres down the road, more than 100 community members shared a meal of Mediterranean food – dubbed an iftar for Muslim residents breaking their fasts during Ramadan.

A man looks on at Grenfell Tower, which has now been covered and illuminated in green light as a tribute to the 72 residents who lost their lives a year ago tonight 

72 people died inside Grenfell Tower in the worst fire in a British residential building since the Second World War

The commemorations will continue today with church services, special prayers at a local mosque, wreath-laying and the unveiling of a community mosaic.

A silent walk will also be held – similar to the ones that take place on the 14th of every month – while banners in memory of the victims have been unfurled over the top four floors of the tower. 

The fire started through a faulty fridge in the kitchen of a fourth-floor flat in the 24-storey tower.

Relatives of those who died have recently provided heart-rending testimony about their loved ones’ final moments at the beginning of a public inquiry into the fire, reminding Britons of the shocking scale of the tragedy. 

Despite the support, residents argue the wealthy borough’s authorities have neglected the less affluent northern section home to Grenfell and surrounding public housing.

They also blame the fire’s spread on cladding installed during a recent refurbishment, while the fire service has come under the spotlight over its advice for residents to stay put.

A survey released Wednesday by ITV found 98 percent of relatives and survivors worried the policy remains, while 87 percent have no faith in the government.

But at the evening remembrance events last night, the overriding sentiment was solidarity.

‘We’re trying to see how we can heal together,’ said Imafidon. ‘It’s difficult.’

A woman poses with her freshly printed ‘Justice For Grenfell’ t-shirt 

One year on: Grenfell Tower went up in flames in the early hours of June 14, 2017

A public inquiry into the tragedy has been pause this week as tributes take place. 

The probe also heard heart-breaking tributes from those who lost loved ones in the devastating inferno last year. 

JustGiving keeps £200,000 from Grenfell Tower donations 

JustGiving has been slammed after keeping hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations for the Grenfell Tower victims.

The company, which takes five per cent of all donations, has refused to offer up a cut of the donations.

Labour MP John Spellar told The Sun: ‘I understand that they need to cover their costs. But they should also recognise that making a significant profit isn’t why people give their money to charity and they should see sense and cough up.’ 

Chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick was visibly moved during hearings, which have now moved on to a fact-finding stage. 

Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May said the ‘unimaginable tragedy remains at the forefront of our minds’.

She added: ‘We are doing everything that we can to see that the survivors of Grenfell get the homes and support that they need and the truth and justice that they deserve.’ 

In a statement, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said: ‘The terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower remains very real, raw and painful for many people, every day. My thoughts, and those of all us in Met, are with all those who died, the loved ones left behind, and all those who survived the fire that night.

‘The continued resilience and sense of spirit shown by the community at the heart of this tragedy is inspiring. Many of us will take time today – one year on – to think back and remember.

‘Met officers and staff continue to work very hard to progress our ongoing investigation, to assist the public inquiry and provide support to families.’

Over the next 24 hours, community leaders have organised a number of events to remember the victims of the fire. 

Every hour overnight, the Lord’s prayer will be repeated, by clerics from local churches and at 1.30am, the time at which the fire took hold, the names of the 72 victims will be read aloud.

Some 72 white roses will be laid out the along with 72 teddy bears.

A man gazes up towards the tower which, a year ago tonight, was the scene of Britain’s worst peace-time disaster since the end of World War II

Grenfell Tower is seen shrouded by scaffolding and covers one year after the tower fire 

Hoardings in support of the victims of the Grenfell fire cover Grenfell Tower near Ladbroke Grove, west London

The Queen’s tribute to Grenfell: Her Majesty observes silence for 72 victims as social media praises her for wearing green on anniversary of fire

The Queen was today praised for wearing ‘green for Grenfell’ as she and Meghan Markle joined mourners in a 72-second silence for every victim of the blaze.

Her Majesty, known for her signature bright block colours and matching hats, wore a spring green coat by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.

She and the Duchess of Sussex were on a visit to Cheste

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