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BBC : Grenfell Tower tribute a year after fire

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A year after the fire that killed 72 people, Grenfell Tower has been illuminated to mark the first anniversary of the disaster.

Twelve other buildings across west London, and Downing Street, were illuminated at 00:54 BST, the time a fire was reported in a flat last June.

A vigil took place at a church near the block, where the victims' names were read out at 01:30.

And a minute's silence will be observed nationally at midday.

Image copyright PA Image caption Grenfell's surrounding tower blocks were also illuminated in the early hours of Thursday Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives, survivors and friends of victims met to walk to the tower to hold a vigil overnight

Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said that despite a year having past, the tragedy "remains very real, raw and painful for many people, every day".

She added: "Met officers and staff continue to work very hard to progress our ongoing investigation, to assist the public inquiry and provide support to families."

Since the fire, the tower has been covered in white sheeting with a heart featured on all four sides at the top of the block.

The anniversary comes as an inquiry into the fire continues its fact-finding stage.

During the inquiry, the 999 call made by Behailu Kebede, in whose kitchen the fire started, was released.

Lawyer Rajiv Menon said "nasty lies" had been written about Mr Kebede - including claims he had carried out DIY on the fridge-freezer, where it is thought the fire could have started.

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Kensington and Chelsea Council said 52 households remained in temporary accommodation and 83 are in permanent homes.

Another 68 are in "emergency" accommodation - 42 in hotels, 22 in serviced apartments, and four staying with family or friends.

Member of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign group Yvette Williams said: "We want the nation to keep Grenfell in their consciousness.

"The anniversary is about love and support - the fight can start again on Friday and Saturday - and keeping that humanity going on that day."

Untold stories from the Grenfell Wall

By Sue Mitchell

Image copyright AFP

The Grenfell Wall sprang up overnight.

Within hours, hundreds of people had left messages of sympathy and support. Relatives of those missing brought favourite items, teddies and photos.

Missing posters were plastered everywhere, bearing the faces of those still unaccounted for and telephone numbers for anyone who might have information.

The wall is still there today in the shadow of the tower.

It provides a glimpse into the terrors that unfolded on 14 June 2017.

Read the full article here

Clarrie Mendy, who lost two members of her family to the fire, organised a service at St Helen's church in north Kensington which begins at 11:00.

She said: "It's a service of healing, community, inclusivity and solidarity, to know we are not alone.

"We'll be releasing 73 white doves. Why 73 instead of 72? One for the unknown.

"If there were more than 72, we will put one for the unknown."

At the service, 400 white roses will be given for people to carry from the church to the tower.

The community will also congregate at the Grenfell wall at 19:00, before walking to the tower in silence.

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