Grenfell Survivors and Families Announce National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral
- St Paul’s to host service on 14th December, six-months since tragedy
- “The Grenfell Tower Memorial Service – Remembrance, Hope and Unity”
Grenfell Tower survivors and families of the bereaved have today announced that a national memorial service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, at 11am on Thursday 14 December 2017. Called “The Grenfell Tower Memorial Service – Remembrance, Hope and Unity,” it will be taking place on the six-month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Survivors and bereaved families made the request following discussions with the Bishop of Kensington and the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s, who have confirmed they would be very happy to host the event. The Cathedral is now working further with local residents on the order of service, which is to focus on remembering those who lost their lives, on providing messages of support for the bereaved, and on offering strength and hope for the future, for those of all faiths and none.
1500 free tickets for the service will be made available locally in North Kensington, and will be distributed via Rugby Portobello, the Clement James Centre, Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Centre and Lancaster West Residents Association. Representatives will also be invited from a wide range of local faith and cultural groups, which will be represented in the service itself, as well as the emergency services personnel who responded to the fire. The BBC will be broadcasting the event live on BBC One.
Shahin Sadafi, Chair of Grenfell United, said:
“Our community was devastated on the 14th June 2017. Months on, uncertainty and distress are still what we feel above anything else. Nothing significant has yet changed for the bereaved families and survivors of the fire. However, we hope that by gathering together to remember the tragedy, we can begin to heal our community with the support of the whole country. United together we can help light the way for what will undoubtedly be a long road ahead.”
The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, the Bishop of Kensington, who has worked with the North Kensington community since the fire, said:
“Hosting this service at St Paul’s Cathedral, an iconic venue in London, recognises the significance of this tragedy both for the local community and the wider nation. My hope and prayer is that it will help us remember those who lost their lives, bring comfort and strength to the bereaved, and point a way to a better future.”
Grenfell United and other groups are to help bereaved families provide input into the planning process for the service. Opportunities will be offered for the local community to suggest ideas for the service to the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, while families will also be able to send their thoughts and ideas via a specially designated email address.
Tickets for the Grenfell Tower Memorial service will be allocated firstly to Grenfell Tower survivors and to bereaved families. Remaining tickets will be made available to others after this initial distribution. Further details of how to apply for tickets will follow in due course.
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