London’s mayor pledges justice for tower fire as carnival begins

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 27, 2017) (BBC) -One of London’s most colourful and noisy events – a weekend carnival to celebrate Afro-Caribbean culture – started on Sunday (August 27) with an opening ceremony that paid tribute to the victims of Grenfell Tower fire.

Among those speaking at the event in Notting Hill, near to the charred tower in which at least 80 people died on June 14, was London Mayor Sadiq Khan. He pledged justice for the victims and to ‘make sure those responsible are held to account”.

The song ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, a charity single released to raise money for Grenfell tower victims, was among many musical tributes performed at the ceremony paying homage to the disaster.

The parade at Notting Hill carnival will also fall silent when the floats, dancers and singers pass Grenfell Tower, which stands less than half a mile (around 800 metres) from the procession route.