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Grieving community hold silent walk around charred remains of Grenfell Tower

Mourners walked from the tower block to St Clement’s Church.

Members of the grieving community who live within the shadow of Grenfell Tower have held a silent walk around the charred husk of the burnt-out block.

The event was in honour of those who were killed in the fatal fire a month ago in west London.

It was also a chance for residents, who are trying to work through trauma, to come together in support and mark the night which changed their lives.

They called it a private residents’ event and it was held away from the cameras.

Tributes to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire (Yui Mok/PA)

Samia Badani, chairman of the Bramley House Residents Association, broke away from the march early because it became “difficult” for her.

She said: “The more we walked and came towards the tower, the more memories there were for me and it was very hard.

“Maybe because it was a silent march, I remembered too vividly and it was too much for me.”

The walk was said to have been organised by Grenfell United, a collective created for those who fled the inferno on June 14.

Ms Badani believes that having the walk, which was attended by up to 50 people, was like a “blanket of security”.

She said: “She said I think it was about getting together and sharing the pain and the experience with people who were there.

“Everyone saw how the community came together straight after it happened and I think this was perhaps because we wanted some of that back.”

She said that now that a month has passed “we wanted to take a step back and pay tribute to our friends and neighbours and make sure they are not forgotten”.

The walk rounds off a fraught few days for the west London neighbourhood, characterised by both a string of emotional vigils and a heated confrontation between residents and police at a meeting.

On Thursday, the human cost of the tragedy continued to stack up, as two more of at least 80 people who are believed to have perished in the June 14 blaze were officially named.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council said that it’s next meeting on July 19 will be open to the media.

It is set to include the election of a new council leader, appointment of a chief executive and a number of petitions and debates, including some on Grenfell Tower.

A public meeting in June on the tragedy was scrapped after then-council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown realised journalists were present.


From Belfast Telegraph