Notting Hill Carnival soundsystems to be silenced as they pass Grenfell Tower

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Soundsystems at Notting Hill Carnival will shut off their music as a mark of respect as floats move past Grenfell Tower, it emerged today.

A “quiet zone” will be established near the site of the disaster with all bands and carnival floats stopping their music, and those in sight of the tower encouraged to pass “respectfully in quiet contemplation”.

The carnival takes place this weekend, ten weeks after the blaze which killed 80 people. 

The Lancaster West Estate, which Grenfell Tower forms a part of, will also be closed to the general public to ensure the “complete protection” of the site and “sensitive spaces”.

Support: Mourners hug each other in the shadow of the burnt-out tower block (Getty Images)

The move to silence part of the world-famous street festival has been arranged by survivors of the fire and a number of community groups.

Thousands of revellers are expected to pause near the tower, which is towards the end of the carnival route.

They will observe a minute’s silence at around 3pm on Sunday and Monday to mark the tragedy.

Campaigners are also asking for everyone to wear green as a sign of support for the survivors and the friends and families of those who died.

Tower residents’ group Grenfell United, which has led the plans, said the actions will allow people from across London and the world to take part in a “mass movement of solidarity that will send a message of love and togetherness globally”.

They said it was “only right” that the that community’s biggest-ever tragedy was properly reflected over the Carnival weekend.

A spokesman said: “Notting Hill Carnival is a defining part of our local culture and heritage. We hope people will follow these requests from us and our friends and family in the wider community. 

“They will enable people to pay their respects; be conscious of our vulnerability; and show solidarity for our ongoing demands for housing and full justice, in the creative spirit of Carnival.”

The Met Police said work on the tower will pause over the bank holiday weekend, and that extra police officers were being deployed to ensure “the security of the Grenfell Tower site is maintained and to protect the many items and memorials that have been placed near to Grenfell Tower”.

In July London Mayor Sadiq Khan rejected a proposal by Minister for London Greg Hands to re-route the carnival away from Grenfell Tower. 

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