Grenfell anniversary LIVE: London marks a year since the tragedy

Grenfell anniversary LIVE: London marks a year since the devastating fire which killed 72

  • Seventy two people died in a tower block in West London on June 14, 2017
  • Cladding throughout the building helped the inferno spread trapping dozens
  • Following the tragedy, campaigners have been fighting for answers to the blaze 
  • A year on, a one minute silence will be observed nationally today at midday 
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A year after the horrendous blaze that killed 72 people, Grenfell Tower has been illuminated to mark the first anniversary of the disaster.  

A minute’s silence will be observed nationally at midday today, to remember those who perished in the inferno.

Campaigners have flooded the streets in West London as part of a vigil, which demands answers to why family, friends and members of the community were allowed to live and die in fundmentally unsafe council housing. 

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The Prime Minister’s only interview to mark the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

Hamid Ali Jafari places a picture of his father who died in Grenfell Tower, Ali Yawar Jafari, on a wall of messages under the Westway Flyover today.

Fire erupts in Lewisham tower block one year after Grenfell

More than 150 people escaped a burning London high-rise this morning after a fire broke out on the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower inferno.

The blaze took hold of the 13th floor in the early hours, forcing residents to flee the 20-storey block of flats in Lewisham, South East London.

However, many complained they had to be woken by neighbours and other residents across the street shouting ‘fire, fire’ because the alarms didn’t sound.

The Anglican Church played an integral role in the immediate relief effort and with support for families thereafter. 

Thirteen-year-old Shermia, whose uncle perished in the blaze, has written a poem in memory of him, which has been shared by the BBC.

Grenfell anniversary: why haven’t survivors been rehoused?

More than 60 households are still living in emergency accommodation a year on from the tower block fire.

According to the council, 198 of the 203 households from Grenfell Tower and the adjacent Grenfell Walk have now accepted an offer of a home. A total of 135 of these have moved in – 52 into a temporary home, 83 into a permanent home, The Week reports.

From our reporter 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.’


One year on: 16 photos that depict horror of Grenfell Tower tragedy which left 72 people dead

A harrowing look at photos that depict the disaster and its aftermath from the Irish Independent.

London turns green for Grenfell: Tearful family and friends clutch photos of 72 loved ones

Here’s how MailOnline’s Katie French and Stewart Patterson covered the vigil last night.

Twelve other buildings across west London, and Downing Street, were illuminated at 00:54 BST, the time a fire was reported in a flat last June.

Amid scenes of sadness and anger, one train driver drew cheers yesterday after stopping over Latimer Road station directly above seated campaigners on the road below, to wave a green flag as a mark of respect to those who died this time last year. 

 

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