A silent vigil to remember the 73 people who died in the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London last June will be held in Ramsgate this week.
Thursday (June 14) marks one year since the disaster at the north Kensington 24-storey high rise.
More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved in efforts to control the fire which started accidentally in a fridge-freezer on the fourth floor. The rapid growth of the fire is thought to have been accelerated by the building’s exterior cladding,
Following the fatal blaze the government relieved Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council of responsibility for supporting the survivors, after their inadequate response to the disaster.
Responsibility was handed over to the Grenfell Fire Response Team (GRT) led by a group of chief executives from councils across London.
Thanet’s Justice 4 Grenfell (J4G) group, set up by Ramsgate mum-of-two Claire O’Shea, will mark the anniversary with the beach vigil on the seafront.
The vigil will include words from a range of speakers, including Ayo Akinwolere – the BBC presenter, and music from local choirs and musicians.
Those taking part will assemble at the obelisk by Ramsgate’s Harbour Parade at 5.45pm. All are welcome to join in.