Remembering Grenfell Five Years On…

On the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, a memorial ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey.

On June 14, 2017, seventy-two people were killed in a fire in west London, which occurred five years ago.

The names of the deceased were read out at the multi-faith memorial ceremony this morning at 11:00 a.m. BST, followed by a response from the congregation of “forever in our hearts.”

The loss was “still vivid and sharp,” according to the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle

Those who attended the Memorial Service were politicians including the former Prime Minister Theresa May (who was PM in 2016 when the tragedy occurred) ; the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and Housing Secretary Michael Gove. Before the memorial service, Theresa May spoke to volunteers involved in the redevelopment of Grenfell Tower.

As the church assembled “in sorrow and in pain,” Dr. Hoyle noted that the loss and anguish were “still vivid and sharp.” Dr Hoyle said that people were coming together in seeking justice and a renewed commitment to ensuring safety in their homes, especially during a fire.

He said that the congregation attending the service met in faith and hope, looking forward to a better, safer, and more secure future, grateful for the support of the communities and individuals who have sustained the bereaved and survivors since the fire five years ago.

Earlier today, Prince William and his wife Kate talked with survivors and family members of those who died in the Grenfell Tower disaster when they visited the Grenfell Tower community whilst also attending a multi-faith service held by ‘Grenfell United’ at the base of the tower. . According to Kensington Palace, the royal couple spoke privately with those who were directly touched by the accident.