Commemorations for Grenfell Tower's third anniversary moves online due to the coronavirus lockdown

At 6pm, over 70 church bells across London ringing at 6pm in memory of those who lost their lives, a two-minute silence, remembrance as well as reflections on the journey to justice. Singer Adele, who visited Grenfell shortly after the fire, said in a video message: “I wanted to send my love to all of you today and let you know that I’m thinking of you as I always do. They want to be forgotten but we will never forget.” The second phase of the public inquiry into the fire is set to resume next month after being paused due to the pandemic. “Please never give up, you will fight for what you believe in and you will eventually achieve the outcome that you rightfully deserve.” From 10.30pm, people in homes across the UK are asked to shine a bright green light to show solidarity with the bereaved and survivors. This morning, the Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, hosted a virtual service to mark the anniversary. Relatives also paid tribute to their loved ones and vowed to continue fighting for justice as the second phase of the public inquiry restarts after lockdown. He said: “I know the bereaved, survivors, residents and wider community are understandably frustrated at the lack of meaningful change and they are fearful that a similar tragedy could happen again. “While struggling with their own personal grief and recovery, they have continued to campaign for building safety and are demanding change to keep others safe in their homes. “I will continue to be relentless in holding those responsible to account and doing everything within my power to ensure the Grenfell community gets the justice they deserve, and all Londoners can feel safe again in their homes.” Meanwhile, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said high-rise residents faced a “postcode lottery” concerning how many firefighters would be sent to their building in the event of a blaze. Matt Wrack said: “Lives in London and the south east are worth no more than the rest of the country, yet different regions have drastically different standards.” He said the loss of 72 lives at Grenfell was deeply traumatic, but said there was “a good chance that the next Grenfell will be outside London, in an area where fewer resources are mobilised to a fire, and the loss of life could be worse still”. In tribute to each victim who died in the blaze, bells of London churches will toll 72 times and green lights will glow from tower block windows. With Labour estimating there are still 56,000 people living in homes wrapped in the same flammable cladding as Grenfell, Sir Keir said there had been “little justice or accountability” for what had happened.