Grenfell Firefighters Given Hero's Reception At Notting Hill Carnival

A special moment from London's greatest party

Bathed in late August sunshine, the annual Notting Hill Carnival went ahead as planned on Saturday with its raucous and joyful spirit firmly in tact.

But this year it was underpinned by deep sense of respect for the Grenfell Tower disaster which took place in June, the blackened out building so close to where the street party is held. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said this year's festivities were taking place "in the context of sadness and sorrow."

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To mark the tragedy, floats and revellers paused as one for a minute silence at 3pm. They were joined by many of the firefighters who risked their lives as they saved so many others that dreadful morning.

At the end of the silence the servicemen were applauded, hugged and thanked, once again, for battling the horror of an event that never, ever should have taken place.

And then the sound systems were turned back up and a community drew on all of its strength and resilience to push ahead with hosting one of the greatest parties in the world - London at its very best.