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Cornwall's Grenfell Street sign is lit up for Christmas

Cornwall's Grenfell Street sign is lit up for Christmas

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 14th December 2019.

A street sign in Cornwall with a green heart is being lit up to mark 30 months since the Grenfell Tower fire.

Pirate FM told you how Grenfell Street in Mousehole has been given the emblem to show solidarity with the survivors and bereaved families from disaster in London.

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

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

Now on Saturday 14th December it is being illuminated as thousands of people walk the streets in London in silence to remember those lost their lives.

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300 miles away in the Cornish fishing village, visitors to the famous Mousehole Christmas lights are being invited to pay their respects.

"This sign will stand for friendship, it will stand for partnership, it will stand for justice, it will stand for the Cornish spirit of One and All and the Grenfell spirit of being united. 

"May those who walk along this street, see it and smile, and find for themselves, inspiration to partner with others, to grow together and be family together."

Rt Rvd Bishop Philip of Truro, at the unveiling of the Grenfell Street sign in August of this year

The Grenfell Street sign will stay lit up across the festive period as a mark of respect.

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Cornwall welcomed over 100 more Grenfell guests for respite holidays during 2019.

Overall the charity has provided over 480 getaways for survivors, the bereaved and firefighters. 

"We've decorated the new Grenfell Street sign with some simple green lights. Our hope is that as the thousands of visitors pass on December 14th and over Christmas, they will pause to pay their respects to our 'sister' community in London. 

"They might even like to share their solidarity with #LoveGrenfell. Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for the bereaved and the Grenfell community very much values our support from 300 miles away.

"The sign honours those who died and symbolises the partnership which has blossomed between Cornwall and Kensington."

Esmé Page, founder, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

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More about the Grenfell Street sign:

The Grenfell Street sign with its iconic green Grenfell heart, was unveiled on August 29th 2019 by a Grenfell survivor, bereaved children and also Patch Harvey, coxswain of the Penlee Lifeboat, in a ceremony organised by Cornwall Hugs Grenfell. 

The ceremony was opened by Mousehole Male Voice Choir singing, 'You'll never walk alone,' and addresses were given by Karim Mussilhy, Vice Chairman of Grenfell United, the action group of survivors and the bereaved, which fights for housing safety, and by The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho. 

The 200-year-old granite street in the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole, is thought to be named for the 18th century Cornish Grenfell family, one of whose descendants gave his name to Grenfell Tower. 

Until August, however, the street bore no street sign. 

It stands as a mark of respect for the lost and as a symbol of the relationship that has blossomed between Cornwall and Kensington, through the work of Cornwall Hugs Grenfell.

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