Vigil to be held in Leicester for victims of Grenfell Tower fire

Tributes have been pouring in for victims of the Grenfell tower block fire as vigils set up across the country

A vigil will be held on Monday in Leicester City Centre to grieve for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The vigil has been organised by the Leicester Council of Faiths and will take place at the Clock Tower at 6pm. As part of the event, white balloons will be released in memory of those who have lost their lives.

At least 58 people are “missing and presumed dead” after the fire at the West London tower block – with 30 out of the 58 already known to have died.

A minute’s silence will also be observed all around the country at 11am on Monday as a mark of respect for the victims, the government has announced.

Plans for the minute’s silence were announced just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May admitted that the support for Grenfell Tower victims in the wake of the fire ‘wasn’t good enough’.

Residents condemned the relief effort as “absolute chaos” and complained that Kensington and Chelsea Council had provided little support or information.

The Leicester Council of Faiths said: “It has been truly shocking and upsetting watching the events unfold over the last few days and equally heartening to witness the help and generosity of people from all walks of life.”

“We are encouraging Leicestershire residents to attend to show your support and bring a white balloon along.”

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