Notting Hill Carnival 2017: Firefighters hugged and applauded after revellers fall silent in minute's silence for Grenfell Tower victims

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This is the heartwarming moment firefighters are hugged and applauded after Notting Hill fell silent to remember victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

A minute’s silence was held at 3pm as revellers gathered for the annual carnival paid their respects to those who died in the blaze.

Footage shows carnival-goers thanking and embracing fire crews at the end of the silence on the first of the two-day event outside a west London fire station.

Crowds could be seen applauding and cheering for the brave crew members who pulled out survivors from the burning tower on June 14.

Earlier in the day London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan urged crowds at the west London street party to keep the blaze victims in their thoughts and prayers.

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 minute’s silence was held across the whole of the carnival, and saw floats moving along the parade route come to a complete stop.

The music was cut and people stood still to mark the tragedy.


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