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Grenfell Tower fire: Additional one-minute's silence will be held at Notting Hill Carnival

It is one of a series of Grenfell tributes taking place this weekend

An additional one minute’s silence will be held at Notting Hill Carnival following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The annual street party will also fall quiet on the Sunday (August 27) at 3pm, ahead of the silence which will be observed on the following day at the same time.

It is one of a series of tributes by organisers and the community during the weekend in memory of those who died or were affected by the June 14 blaze.

Carnival goers are being asked to wear Green for Grenfell this year in a sign of solidarity, while there will also be a silent reflection zone on the route.

Lancaster West Estate, which Grenfell Tower was a part of, will be closed, and members of the public are being asked not to take photos of the stricken tower or memorial shrines close to the 24-storey building.

A series of Grenfell tributes will take place during this year's Notting Hill Carnival(Image: Facebook)

 

This year’s Notting Hill Carnival is starting early with floats starting on the route at 9.30am on both days.

Static sound systems will start at midday and close at 7pm, and the judging point will close at 6.30pm.

Speaking ahead of the event, Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said: “Notting Hill Carnival is traditionally an event which brings Londoners from different backgrounds together in one joint celebration.

Notting Hill Carnival is going Green for Grenfell(Image: UGC TMS)

 

“This year’s carnival will be particularly poignant in a year which has seen central London hit by devastating terrorist attacks and witnessed the unimaginable horror of the Grenfell Tower fire.

“We work closely with the organisers, London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust Ltd (LNHCET), and other agencies to ensure visitors and residents have the best time possible.

“I hope everyone who comes will take time to enjoy themselves, but also witness the amazing community spirit the people of North Kensington have shown over the past couple of months in particular.”

Explaining why carnival will turn green, a community spokesman said: “In the weeks following the fire, local school children decided to wear green as a sign of remembrance for their friends and family members from Grenfell.

“The community now wants to expand this theme to Notting Hill Carnival with the wider community of Carnival attendees following suit.

 

“Members of the North Kensington community are encouraging all attendees to this year’s event to come as green as they can: green T-shirts, jumpsuits, shorts, trainers, socks, bandanas, hair, flags, hats.

“The community wants all those visiting Europe’s biggest street event to show their creativity.”

Plans are also underway for local artists, children and volunteers to create green artworks, memorials and banners across the Notting Hill area to turn the whole of the community green as a sign of support.

Calls for this year’s carnival to be moved in light of the Grenfell disaster, which has claimed the lives of at least 80 people, were rejected by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Speaking soon after the fire, LNHCET chairman Pepe Francis said the tragedy will ‘cast dark shadow’ over Notting Hill Carnival.

Glastonbury also fell silent this year in tribute and memory of Grenfell (see video above).

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