Wednesday 22 January 2020

Emergency services and royals joined members of the public in an emotional minute's silence for Grenfell Tower victims

The nation paid their respects to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

By Isabel Togoh

People around the country fell silent at 11am to remember those affected by the devastating fire which engulfed Grenfell Tower last Wednesday.

Shortly before the minute’s silence, police announced that the death toll from the north Kensington disaster had risen to 79 victims.


Outpourings of emotion were captured by photographers as people observed the remembrance, including firefighters who shed tears and hugged their colleagues and members of the public in support.


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted of the resolve to ensure the fire is “the last tragedy of its kind” in Britain:


The Queen, who visited those affected by the blaze last week with the Duke of Cambridge, stood silent alongside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who has scaled back his public engagements ahead of his retirement later this year.


Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon observed the silence during a visit to the University of Strathclyde.


Fire crews around the country paid their respects, including in the North East and in Yorkshire.

Cricketers at Old Trafford stood silent.


The Lord Mayor of Nottingham thanked the fire services and paid tribute to those affected, saying: “For all those killed, we express our sorrow”.

Out of 79 victims, five have been formally identified. The rest are missing and presumed dead, police said.

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