As the nation marks one year since the Grenfell Tower fire which tragically took 72 lives, the Mayor of Greater Manchester has paid tribute to the victims and survivors.
Greater Manchester fell silent at midday to remember the victims and stand together with all those affected by the fire.
Speaking on the day, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:
“Twelve months on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, our thoughts and sympathies very much remain with the victims, survivors, and all those affected by the fire.
“This week, and every week, I and the people of Greater Manchester stand in solidarity with the people of Grenfell as we remember those who lost their lives that night. I, along with Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall, have met with the families and survivors and I have been inspired by their determination to seek justice for their loved ones, despite their grief. We will continue to support them every step of the way on the long road that lies ahead.
“In the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, the community rallied together in support, unity and compassion – a strength of spirit that echoes our own response to recent tragedy here in Greater Manchester.
“Whilst the one year anniversary is a time of remembrance and reflection, it is also a time to reiterate our united calls to Government to take firmer action to ensure the fire safety of high rises across the country so a tragedy like this never happens again. Safe housing should be a basic human right and we should fight to make it so.”
Andy will join a vigil organised by the Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils in Bolton this evening, when a 72 second silence will be held.