London event remembers Grenfell Tower fire

Source:Reuters Published: 2017/8/28 18:33:40

Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street party in Europe, fell silent for a minute on Sunday to remember the more than 80 people who were killed in June in an apartment block fire in the west London district.

Sound systems were turned off at 2 pm GMT in tribute to the victims of the disaster at Grenfell Tower, a tower block less than half a mile from the route of a procession that is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of revelers on Sunday and Monday.

Doves were released at the official opening ceremony of the 51st event. The local community is determined to remember the victims at the carnival that celebrates Afro-Caribbean culture.

But as well as sadness there is anger directed at the local authorities and the government after fire raced through the block and trapped dozens living in its upper floors in June.

Some feared that tempers could boil over at the festival, but the local community is determined it should be a peaceful vigil. On Sunday, the carnival got off to a lively but trouble-free start.

Reuters

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