Grenfell Tower: Empty chairs left for victims of deadly fire for Platinum Jubilee street party
The Justice4Grenfell group held a street party on Monday to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne – with 72 places laid out at a table for those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14, 2017.
The Justice4Grenfell group held a street party on Monday to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne – with places laid out at a table for those killed in the blaze on June 14, 2017.
Powerful images show a table set with 72 empty seats, set with a name card, along with napkins and cups in the green colours of the Justice4Grenfell campaign.
Special plates were also laid out which read: “72 dead. And still no arrests? How come?”
Yvette Williams, a Justice4Grenfell campaigner, said: “The Queen had visited us shortly after the fire and was really embraced by the community.
“There are street celebrations that are going on this week and over the weekend, however there’s a heaviness to it because we lost 72 people, under the most horrific circumstances.”
Ms Williams said the government should be legally obliged to follow the recommendations of the Grenfell Inquiry and prosecute those responsible.
The Grenfell inquiry found that the tower’s cladding was a key factor in the fire’s rapid spread.
At the middle of the table, six places were laid for members of one family.
Nabil Choucair, who lost his mother, sister, brother-in-law, and three nieces in the inferno, said his family was "far from getting justice".
£I miss my family so much; we enjoyed many good times together, but they were taken from us in the worst of circumstances,” he said.
“I can almost picture them seated at the table today, joining in the celebration.
“But they are not with us.
"The laws need updating, the legislation needs amending, regulations need to be updated as well."