How celebs paid tribute to Grenfell fire victims three years on

Faye Dixon June 15, 2020
How celebs paid tribute to Grenfell fire victims three years on
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Celebrities used social media to pay tribute tribute to Grenfell fire victims on the third anniversary of the tragedy. 

Lock-down meant that more digital-based tributes were encouraged this year.

British singer Adele, used her Instagram to share a link to Go Green For Grenfell, an online memorial taking place tonight for Grenfell fire victims. She said: “Today, Sunday, is three years since #Grenfell. 72 lives will be forever in our hearts. Join with me & @grenfell_united to REMEMBER at 6pm on youtube.com/GrenfellUnited – to show that we’re still united for change and justice. Follow @grenfell_united for more info. #Grenfell #Demandchange.”

London rapper Akala tweeted: “Rest in power to all the people that lost their lives at #Grenfell three years ago and love to all the bereaved and survivors.”

Remembering names

Others were keen to share the names of the individual victims of the fire.

Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn used his Twitter account to share a video of the names of the 72 people who sadly died in the tragedy. He captioned the video with: “Never forget the 72 who died. Share this post and support the fight for justice at http://Justice4Grenfell.org.”

Poet Sabrina Mahfouz shared an image with those names on Twitter. She said: “Seeing this list of names of those who died in #Grenfell is always devastating. It was also the first time I saw that number of Arabic names publicly together in the UK. Visibility only in death and people want to march this weekend of all weekends to say UK isn’t racist. 3 years.”

Demands for change

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Many other celebrities used their online voice to highlight the changes they believe still need to be made.

Dan Smith, lead singer of UK band Bastille tweeted to his followers with a video encouraging them to contact their local MPs regarding cladding systems. He said: “Today we remember the 72 lives that were lost at #Grenfell 3 years ago. After all this time 56,000 people are still at risk in households covered in the same flammable cladding. This needs to change.”

In addition, model Naomi Campbell shared the same message in pictures on her Instagram. She added: “#Justice4Grenfell #3YearsOn #Grenfell. We must urge the Gov to act now. Share this post and write to your MP demanding a deadline and detailed timeline is published to remove all flammable cladding and that the Government hold themselves accountable if they fail to meet it again. It takes 1 minute with the email generator SupportGrenfell.co.uk.

“At a time where we are urged to stay in our homes more than ever, it is important that they are safe. Over 23,000 households are still covered in Grenfell style flammable cladding 3 years after the disaster. Thousands of lives are still at risk.”

In response to these calls for change, Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented. He tweeted: “While those affected by Grenfell are not able to gather in person, I want you to know that all of us in this country are with you in spirit. I remain absolutely committed to uncovering the causes of this tragedy, and ensuring it is never repeated.”

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