Adele's emotional Grenfell Tower fire tribute on one-year anniversary of London disaster
POP superstar Adele has lent her incredible voice to an emotional tribute to the victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire.
Adele appeared on the verge of tears as she stood side-by-side with thousands of her fellow Londoners at the base of the tower as they sang a moving rendition of Bill Wither’s Lean on Me and Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, at the first anniversary of the disaster that shocked the world.
The London-born singer, who lives close to the site of the tragedy, was captured on camera standing among the grievers and singing along to a choir performing the songs.
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When asked by British broadcaster ITV why it was important for her to attend the anniversary tribute Adele said: “To pay my respects”.
A 72-second silence was observed at the event in honour of the 72 victims of the disaster.
On June 14 last year a massive fire ripped through the 24-storey apartment tower, the rapid spread of which was blamed on flammable cladding.
Adele has been a vocal supporter of those affected by the tragedy and a fierce critic of the response from Theresa May’s government.
The 30-year-old and husband Simon Konecki visited the Grenfell Tower site a day after the fire in a bid to comfort victims. She also visited a local fire station to thank emergency services personnel who attended the incident.
Two months after the fire she played host to children hit by the tragedy to a free private screening of the film Despicable Me 3.
She has not been afraid to speak out about the government’s response either.
At a Wembley Stadium concert last year Adele said of those involved in the fire: “They’re not receiving the things we think they are. It’s a f**king mess. No information is getting through, people feel helpless.
“No one knows what they’re doing down there, it’s chaos.”
According to British media reports, less than half of the people left homeless by the tragedy have been allocated permanent housing.
English hip hop artist Stormzy was also spotted in the crowd paying tribute at the anniversary event. Britain Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn was also there.
Other celebrities including Lily Allen and Jamie Oliver were among those who offered help to victims, even offering “bed and tea” to those who needed it in the wake of the tragedy.
The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex took time out from their trip on the Royal Train to northern England to take part in the 72 second silence which was observed across England.