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Crowds gather outside church for vigil after Grenfell Tower blaze

Many were moved to tears after a moment of silent contemplation outside the Notting Hill Methodist Church in west London.

Dozens of people have gathered for a vigil in the shadow of the Grenfell Tower.

Many were moved to tears after a moment of silent contemplation outside the Notting Hill Methodist Church in west London.

The Rev Mike Long invited those present to light candles to place on the steps of the church on Wednesday evening.

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People gather outside Notting Hill Methodist Church (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

He then played Amazing Grace on his flute as members of the crowd sang along.

He said: “There are times when all the words we can say are not adequate and sometimes words fail us because no words can do justice to how we feel, or what we have seen or what has happened. Today is one of those days.

“What we can simply do is look to all that we have seen today which is good, which is fabulous – people getting together.”

He added: “Let light triumph over all that is rotten, that is desperate and that defies our understanding.”

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