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Grenfell Tower mourners walk in silence on six-month anniversary of blaze

Grenfell Tower mourners walk in silence on six-month anniversary of blaze
The mourners walked in complete silence (Picture: PA)

Thousands of people have marched to Grenfell Tower in complete silence to mark the six-month anniversary of the devastating fire.

Mourners paying tribute, protesters calling for justice and firefighters who laid down their helmets in respect were among those who took part in the walk.

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Many have walked the same walk on the 14th day of every month since the disaster, but it had added poignancy six months on from the blaze that killed 71 people.

It came on the same day that survivors of the fire and the families of those who died gathered for an emotional memorial service at St Paul’s.

Hundreds of people comforted each other outside the famous cathedral beneath a sign reading ‘Grenfell’ inside a green heart.

Grenfell Tower mourners walk in silence on six-month anniversary of blaze
Marches have been held every month since the disaster (Picture: Reuters)

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry also attended to pay their respects.

Harry comforted a bereaved woman, 78-year-old Fatima Jafari, telling her that she must have been proud of her daughter Maria, who read a poem in memory of her father Ali Yawar Jafari, 82.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May, who entered through a side door rather than the main entrance, were also in attendance.

Mr Corbyn hugged a woman tightly as she told him her experiences, while others begged him for justice.

Grenfell Tower mourners walk in silence on six-month anniversary of blaze
Firefighters laid down their helmets as a mark of respect (Picture: PA)

He said: ‘People are very angry and I understand that, I’m here to listen to them. I’m here to work and I’m here to try and change things.’

The Bishop of Kensington, the Right Reverend Graham Tomlin, said he hoped the service would reassure those present that they were not forgotten by the nation, and that it would signify the start of a change.

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He said: ‘As we come to the end of this difficult year, as we celebrate Christmas, as we move into a new year, nothing can remove the memory of that night – nor do we want to forget those dearly loved people who were lost.

‘And yet my hope and prayer is that this new year can bring new hope of a future, a vision of a city where we lose our self-obsession and listen and learn from places and people that we wouldn’t normally think of reaching out to.’

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