The anniversary of the fire which killed 72 people began on Wednesday night with bereaved family members, survivors, friends, and members of the public gathered near the tower block to mark the tragedy.
Carrying flowers and placards bearing images of their lost loved ones, dozens of survivors of the tragedy joined still-grieving relatives on an a walk through the area. The procession was accompanied by a portable speaker playing a melancholic track on repeat, and ended near the tower itself.
One by one, the names of the deceased were announced by relatives, accompanied by the beat of a drum, before pinning their pictures at the “wall of truth” which is a section of the wall around the tower featuring messages and candles.
Then at 12.54am on Thursday June 14th, exactly 12 months on from the first emergency call reporting the fire, Grenfell Tower and a dozen other building were illuminated green to mark the beginning of the anniversary. They remained illuminated until 5am, and will be lit up again from 8pm until midnight for the next four evenings.
The tower is now completely covered by white sheeting, with banners featuring a green heart and the words “Grenfell forever in our hearts” written across the top floors of the building.
Photo: Grenfell Tower, © Michael A. Kolarov