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Grenfell Tower fire: Vigils held to mark one-year anniversary as buildings turn green to remember th


A year after the Grenfell Tower fire, the Tower block is among numerous buildings which were illuminated to mark the horrific fire which killed 72.

BBC reports that, 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.

Downing Street, Kensington Palace, The London Eye, and other buildings near to the site of the fire turned green in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The Metropolitan Police commissioner, Cressida Dick, said that despite a year having passed, 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."

Natasha Elcock, who was one of the last residents to be rescued from the tower and is now a member of the survivor group Grenfell United, has praised the community's response to the fire, BBC reported.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that, "We could have been the most angry community out there because of what happened, but we've chosen to be dignified, be calm.

"Ultimately, that's earned us respect."

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She added: "We really want to ensure that we change so much that Grenfell is not remembered because it killed 72 people but because it has a legacy of change - that behaviours change within social housing, the way people are treated, how they are listened to," BBCreported.

Downing Street was among the buildings lit green on 14 June

Kensington Palace (Picture: Getty)

Relatives, survivors and friends of victims met to walk to the tower to hold a vigil overnight (Picture BBC)

Families A vigil took place at a church near the block with the names of the 72 victims read out at 1.30am (Picture: AFP)

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My view: It's so sad what happened at Grenfell Tower a year ago, the voices of children crying and adults screaming was terrible and very upsetting, it was a horrible tragedy, just like 9/11in New York.