The charred remains of Grenfell Tower will “cast a dark shadow” over the Notting Hill Carnival .
That is the view of Pepe Francis MBE, the chairman of the London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust (LNHCET), which organises the annual event.
But he said this year’s event will be proof of the “solidarity, support and respect for the victims of the fire”.
At least 80 people died when flames engulfed the building, which overlooks the carnival route, on June 14.
Just two days earlier, Mr Francis had attended a pre-Carnival meeting organised by LNHCET, held at Kensington Town Hall, in which members of the public quizzed the group and police ahead of this year’s event, which takes place on August 27 and 28.
Looking ahead at this year’s carnival and in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy , Mr Francis said: “Notting Hill Carnival will show the local community’s solidarity, support and respect for the victims of the appalling fire at Grenfell Tower.
“Grenfell Tower is at the heart of our neighbourhood. The survivors of the fire, our friends and neighbours, have suffered dreadfully.
"The families and loved ones of those who died and who are missing continue to suffer.
“This year, the blackened marker of Grenfell Tower casts a dark shadow over the joy and celebration of Carnival.
“We do not pretend to provide solace. But we can, and will, offer respect and solidarity.”
“Carnival is a celebration of inclusivity, diversity and harmony. We will not provide a platform for those who espouse the politics of division and hate and who seek to create disharmony.
“We will focus on what we do best, providing joy and release through the music, dance and escapism of Carnival.
“And we will, this year, take time at Carnival to show proper respect for our grieving neighbours.”
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