After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower last week, Londoners are uniting to pay tribute to the those affected by the blaze at the 24-story tower block in west London.
At 11am this morning, a minute’s silence was held across London to commemorate the victims and a wall outside Latymer Community Church has been covered in tributes. This evening, a further memorial will be held outside Parliament.
Organised by members of the public, the Central London Grenfell Memorial will take place between 7pm and 9pm this evening at Parliament Square Gardens. During the tribute, a memorial will be created from photos, flowers, candles and gifts ‘as a way to restore dignity and the identities of those who lost their lives’ and ‘remind the world that they were people and not just statistics.’ There will also be a minute’s silence and lighting of candles at 9:30pm, followed by a march. People are encouraged to bring any banners, posters, flyers, candles and other items to leave as a part of the display.
Over 1,000 people have said they are attending the memorial on Facebook, through which the organisers have shared an impassioned message: ‘In the early hours of last Wednesday, Grenfell Tower in North Kensington went up in flames. It may be months before we know how many lives were lost or irrevocably changed.
‘We’re trying to get as many people as possible to meet outside the Houses of Parliament on Monday from 7-11pm to remember those who lost their lives and were injured and/or affected by the fire
‘We are protesting in honour of those who perished, were injured and/or affected. We are protesting for changes in legislation to raise the standard of safety within buildings, particularly high-rise residential blocks with the hopes of to preventing such tragedy occurring again. We are protesting to remind the government that the people hold the power, not the elite.’
Central London Grenfell Memorial will take place tonight (June 19) at Parliament Square Gardens between 7pm and 11pm.