Tower Hamlets remembers those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire

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Tower Hamlets Council staff remember those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire

Tower Hamlets Town Hall fell silent today as council staff came together to remember all those who lost their lives in the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

The commemorations were led by Mayor John Biggs who offered his condolences to the many hundreds of people affected. He recommitted the council to doing all it can to learn the lessons from the terrible events of June 14 2017.

The Mayor was joined by Deputy Mayor Sirajul Islam and Chief Executive Will Tuckley along with teams from across the council. 

Mr Tuckley paid tribute to the 30 staff from Tower Hamlets who worked with colleagues from other London boroughs in the days and weeks after the fire. They performed essential roles in the Borough Emergency Control Centre as well as supporting the social work and local authority liaison teams from Kensington and Chelsea.

He also praised the residents of our borough who made the journey across London to help in any way they could.

72 people died as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire and many more were injured. While the enquiry into what caused the blaze to spread so quickly is ongoing, a significant amount of work has already begun to address concerns around fire safety, particularly in residential tower blocks.

Mayor Biggs said: “Today we remember the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. It was a truly awful incident which shocked us all.

“In the aftermath of the fire, staff from Tower Hamlets Council offered their assistance to help where they could and I commend their work.

 “We come together today to pay our respects to those that died and were affected by such a terrible tragedy.”

Posted on Thursday 14th June 2018