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More than a million people danced their way through the streets of Notting Hill in record temperatures for Europe’s biggest street festival.
Crowds flocked to west London for festivities including parades and live music on what was officially the hottest August Bank Holiday Monday on record.
Colourfully-dressed performers danced through the streets of Notting Hill, Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove along the 3.5 mile parade route.
At 3pm, crowds fell silent in tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in which at least 80 people died.
Crews at North Kensington fire station, in the heart of the parade route in Ladbroke Grove, joined the occasion, where crowds erupted into applause and queued to thank them for their bravery.
Local MP Emma Dent Coad wiped away tears following the moment of reflection, which she observed outside the fire station.
She said of the festivities: “It’s a really, really lovely atmosphere, there’s gorgeous weather, there’s a lot of good feeling out there, a lot of people wearing green, and I think it should continue in that vein.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also pledged to “redouble our efforts to support this community” and “make sure those responsible are held to account” to ensure that the tragedy of Grenfell Tower “never ever, ever happens again”.
The carnival route passed near to the estate and police formed a zone of quiet reflection around the site of the tragedy, while passersby were urged not to take selfies featuring the tower.
But the general mood was one of hope and love, with hundreds of brightly coloured performers picturing strutting through the streets of north west London.
Outfits of all kinds and colours were on display as a reported million people joined in the festivities over the entire weekend.
Security was tight throughout following recent atrocities and police warnings for people to be vigilant.
A heavy police presence again marked the tree-lined streets leading to the main parade route, including steel barriers, concrete blocks and weapons checks, which police said were in place to guard against the threat a of Barcelona-style terror incident, and potential acid attacks.
Three people were hurt by an unknown liquid and two others trampled in an incident on Sunday evening.
As of 3.30pm on Monday, some 149 arrests had been made – over a third of which, 61, were for drug offences, the Met said.
There were 17 public order arrests, and 15 arrests for possession of an offensive weapon, or knife/blade.
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