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Cornwall becomes home to first street sign with Grenfell heart

Cornwall becomes home to first street sign with Grenfell heart

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:02am 2nd September 2019. (Updated at 11:49am 2nd September 2019)

Cornwall has become home to the first street sign in the UK with a green Grenfell heart.

Grenfell Street in Mousehole has been given the emblem to show solidarity with the survivors and bereaved families from the Grenfell Tower disaster in London.

72 people died when flames tore through the high-rise apartment block back in June 2017.

Now the charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell, which offers respite breaks for those affected, has had a special sign made.

grenfell street

Why was Mousehole chosen for the sign?

The 200-year-old granite street in the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Mousehole is thought to be named for the old Cornish Grenfell family, one of whose descendants gave his name to Grenfell Tower. 

However, until now, the street had no street sign. 

The official street naming, last Thursday, was organised by the charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell and Cornwall Council. 

It marks the solidarity which has blossomed between Cornwall and Kensington since the tragedy, with over 480 respite holidays being provided by the Cornish people through the charity to survivors, the bereaved, the displaced and firefighters. 

The street sign, designed by Cormac in antique style, shows 'Grenfell Street' in black lettering on a white background, followed by a simple green heart. This is the iconic symbol of solidarity used by Grenfell United and now depicted at the top of the tower itself.

grenfell street

"I believe this is truly a sign of our times! We hear so much about division in society but this solid 'granite' solidarity, that has grown between our two communities and is captured in this sign gives great hope. It expresses how ordinary people feel - they just want to support each other, however great the distance or apparent differences.

"Thousands of Cornish people, children and adults, business owners, accommodation and transport providers have come together to offer over 480 respite holidays and both Cornish and Grenfell communities have been richly blessed by the bonds that have formed. 

"The project has been characterised by extraordinary coincidence and this old Grenfell connection between Corn-wall and Kensington is just such another curious surprise. Mousehole has hosted more than 75 of the 480+ Grenfell guests, so giving this old street a beautiful new sign is the perfect way to mark our solidarity in a lasting way."

Esmé Page, founder of Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

The sign was unveiled by Grenfell Tower survivor and bereaved children Hafsa Khalloud, Sara Chebiouni, Kai, his sister Maia Mussilhy and Abem teamed with Patch Harvey, cox-swain of the Penlee lifeboat. 

Patch was chosen by Cornwall Hugs Grenfell to represent Cornish hospitality, Penlee lifeboat station, RNLI, being a key partner of the charity, which has repeatedly welcomed guests aboard the Ivan Ellen during their respite holidays. 

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