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Swansea remembers Grenfell

SWANSEA'S Castle Square was the setting as city residents, politicians and local groups came together to remember those who died at Grenfell Tower exactly two years ago.

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The names of all 72 who perished in the fire were read out at a poignant ceremony in the heart of the city.

The Green Heart, which has come to symbolise the people who died and their loved ones since, was shown on the Big Screen along with the 'Ghosts of Grenfell' video by Lowkey.

After dark trees in Castle Square will be lit in green, as will the arches of Brangwyn Hall.

Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, and Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy were present for the event.

Cllr Stewart said: "This is a day of remembrance for all those individuals who died that day, for those who survived, for the families and for the emergency services who were on the scene that terrible night.

"Although this disaster made headlines around the world, the real story of Grenfell since has been one of a community coming together to make sure those who died are not forgotten and those who remain have the strength to continue their fight to make sure the lessons are learned."

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: "Today is about the people of Grenfell. But since that event our housing teams have been working hard to reassure tenants of the high standards of fire safety we have in place at our high rise properties.

"We have started a £1.5m programme of retro-fitting sprinkler systems to provide additional fire precaution measures."

Cladding was found to be the main cause of the fire in Grenfell Tower but the Council was quick to reassure residents in Swansea that where cladding is featured it is safe and not the same kind used at Grenfell Tower.

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