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Hundreds march on first anniversary of Grenfell

Justice4Grenfell group reflect one year on from disaster

15 June, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Grenfell Tower

HUNDREDS of people marched around Grenfell Tower on the first anniversary of the fire disaster yesterday (Thursday).

A memorial service for the 72 people who died was also held in the nearby St Helen’s Church. A 72-second national silence was also held at midday.

Justice4Grenfell campaigner Moyra Samuels said: “One year on, as I reflect on that fateful morning, I recall that for a brief time our community felt like we were in a war zone where a bomb had been dropped. The horror of watching the fire, the pain of the loss of lives and homes, as well as the frustration and anger at the absence of support from the local authority still resonates. We have stood firm and used the unity of our community and the solidarity from across the country and international- ly to keep our focus on the demand for justice.

“Today I will honour the lives of my neighbours and friends who lost their lives so needlessly and take courage from the dignity of the bereaved families.”

Yvette Williams, anoth- er of the group’s co-ordi- nators, said: “I want the world to stand with Gren- fell on the anniversary. The community needs to see and feel huge support at what will be a difficult time. The road to justice continues and ‘Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are’.”

Tasha Brade said: “Today, as we mark the first anniversary of the fire, I want to thank this community for all that they have done and con- tinue to do.

“I am so honoured to have grown up in and live in North Kensington, and will continue to fight alongside this community for as long as it takes. We will get justice but, today

let’s remember the 72 men, women and beautiful children that were lost, let’s remember their fami- lies and the survivors of Grenfell Tower. Most importantly, let’s do what we have proven to the world we do so well: love and support one another.”

Speaking at the service, Labour MP David Lammy said it was a “bittersweet” moment as the community celebrated their unity but mourned those lost.

Clarrie Mendy, who lost two family members in the fire and organised the anniversary service attended by several hun- dred people, also made a speech.

Bereaved families, many wearing green, were invited to light candles in memory of their loved ones.

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