Firefighters honoured as Notting Hill Carnival falls silent for second day in memory of Grenfell Tower victims

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Notting Hill Carnival fell silent for a second time today to honour firefighters who risked their lives rescuing Londoners from the fire disaster at Grenfell Tower.

Members of the London Fire Brigade bowed their heads for a minute’s silence in front of hundreds of carnival-goers who offered them support. At least 80 people died in the tragedy on June 14.

Onn the closing day of the street party on Monday, carnival fell silent to honour the victims.

Firefighters were once again applauded and cheered after crowds paid their respects at 3pm at Europe’s biggest street party.

Paramedics were pictured alongside revellers with their heads bowed as carnival goers paid their respects victims of the June 14 blaze.

Music was cut, floats moving along the parade route came to a complete stop and people stood still as a sign of respect for the second time on Monday.

It came after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on Sunday urged crowds to keep those who died in the tragedy in their thoughts and prayers.

Carnival fell silent again today for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

He added that the event takes place “in the context of sadness and sorrow”.

At least 80 people are feared dead following the Lancaster West estate blaze, including 52 who have been formally identified.

The usually noisy carnival site was quiet and many people were visibly moved and in tears as they stopped their celebrations and bowed their heads.

A klaxon sounded the end of the minute’s silence and soundsystems resumed music as people hugged each other.

Sadiq Khan remembers Grenfell Tower victims as Notting Hill Carnival begins

For the second time, many carnival-goers gathered outside the fire station in Notting Hill to honour the firefighters who attended the Grenfell fire.

Scores of revellers attended the two-day event dressed in green, which was an arranged tribute to the victims.

Performers passing the burnt-out tower were encouraged to lower their music volume and walk respectfully instead of dancing while hundreds of hand-drawn tributes, flowers and candles laid in the wake of the fire was protected by fencing.

Organisers and community leaders said they hope the 2017 event will provide a “healing opportunity” for survivors of the blaze.


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