Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Grenfell memorial service to provide bereaved with 'words of healing and truth'

Grenfell memorial service to provide bereaved with 'words of healing and truth'

Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Prince Harry, Prince William and his wife Kate joined some 1,500 people at the multi-faith service at St. Paul's Cathedral, held exactly six months after the June 14 fire that engulfed a residential tower block in west London. They were all spotted talking to mourners. The royal family, prime minister Theresa May, and leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn also showed their support. Firefighters managed to pull 78-year-old Fatima Jafari's husband, Ali Yawar Jafari, from the building, but the 82-year-old died at the scene.

As they filed out of the service, numerous bereaved paused on the steps of St. Paul's to comfort each other.

Mr Corbyn hugged a woman tightly as she told him her experiences, while others begged him for justice.

Survivors and relatives of those killed gathered on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral after the service, holding white roses and photos of the victims.

"It was very moving", attendee Jane Gang told E!

"He was a really lovely, gentle and kind and loving person and on the night of the fire he looked after six other people in his flat and we know that they he would have taken care of them", said Jackie Leger, a friend of the family.

Ben Gabbitas, whose close friend and confidante Sheila died in the fire, hailed the royals' presence as a constant strand of support through the uncertainty of the past six months.

The council will instead mark the occasion with a minute's silence at 11am at the town hall in High Street, Kensington.

Rev. Graham Tomlin, the Bishop of Kensington, said he hoped the service Thursday would reassure those present that they were not forgotten by the nation.

"As we come to the end of this hard year, as we celebrate Christmas, as we move into a new year, nothing can remove the memory of that night - nor do we want to forget those dearly loved people who were lost", he said.

Local schoolchildren scattered small hand-made green hearts, carried in brown wicker baskets, across the front of the dome dais as as the St Paul's Cathedral choir sang.

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