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Tube driver stops train to wave green banner above Grenfell vigil


On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Grenfell fire, a tube driver stops his train in Kensington and waves a green banner to show his solidarity with those holding a vigil in the street below

— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 13, 2018

This is the moment a London Underground driver stopped his train, beeped his horn and unfurled a small green banner in support of the Grenfell community.

One the eve of the one-year anniversary of the disaster at Grenfell Tower, a number of families, local residents and supporters are holding a vigil in Kensington, west London.

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The community sat down to eat an iftar meal, many wearing the green colour that has come to represent solidarity with Grenfell survivors and victims.

As if perfectly timed, Sky News cut to their reporter at the scene at the exact moment a Tube driver pulled into Latimer Road station.



The driver stopped his train on a bridge above where the group were eating, loudly beeping his horn in support.

He then appeared at the train door and slowly unfurled his own small green banner, holding it up above his head as the crowds below cheered and waved.


Residents cheer as the train driver beeps his horn (Picture: Sky)


Moments later he appears holding a green banner – the colour that has been adopted by the Justice4Grenfell campaign (Picture: Sky)

Sky News reporter Dan Whitehead said: Pretty remarkable scene actually one of the Underground trains stopping and cheers from the couple of hundred people here who have gathered.

What a lovely tribute.

He added it speaks volumes of the atmosphere as those living around Grenfell Tower embarked on a 24-hour vigil to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.

At midnight, the crowd will walk to Grenfell Tower, laying 72 white roses and 72 teddy bears for those that lost their lives.

Twelve blocks, plus the tower, are expected to turn green in a show of solidarity across the west London skyline, while Downing Street is also to be illuminated.

The 13 buildings will be lit up at six minutes to 1am on Thursday – the time of the first 999 call reporting the fire.

They will stay green until 5am.


The driver waves in support of the crowds below (Picture: Sky)

At a private vigil at St Clements church, close to the tower, the names of the 72 victims will be read out at 1.30am.

On Monday, Theresa May said she will always regret failing to meet survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire on her first visit to the scene.

Writing exclusively for, Justice4Grenfell coordinator Yvette Williams said: Mrs May, now regrets not meeting the community.

We regret that it has taken her nearly a year to show some respect and humanity to all those impacted by the Grenfell disaster.



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