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On Sunday, 14 June a single bell from among the eight in the tower of the Cathedral Church of St Marie’s tolled on the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

  The bell tolled seventy-two times – one for each victim – and following the two minute silence it rang three times to mark each year since the fire.

  The memorial tribute was in response to a request from the Anglican Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Graham Tomlin, for churches around the country to join St Clement, Notting Dale, the London parish in which Grenfell Tower stands, in its annual act of remembrance.

  The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin said, “Nearly three years ago, the tragedy at Grenfell Tower left us wondering how this could happen in a twenty-first century city like London.  We are now facing a very different tragedy in the form of coronavirus, but we continue to ask similar questions.  As we try to make sense of what we are living through today, let’s not forget that hundreds of families are still trying to make sense of what happened on that day in June, 2017.  Life has not moved on for the families and friends of the seventy-two victims – they still mourn the loss of their loved ones and seek justice.

“On Sunday 14th June bells will ring across our nation; bells of remembrance, of sympathy and support for those whose lives were changed forever that day and of hope that nothing like it will ever happen again.  I invite as many churches as possible to join in ringing their bells, and those who listen to join in the silence that follows to remember this tragedy that affected our national life so deeply.”