Touching moment Tube driver stops train to raise flag in tribute to Grenfell

Nick Reilly

Emotional footage has captured the moment a London Underground driver stopped his train to unfurl a green banner in support of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The tribute took place last night on the eve of the disaster’s first anniversary. The driver stopped on a bridge just above the place where a gathering of families and supporters were holding a vigil in Kensington, West London.

As Sky News reported from the scene, their cameras captured the exact moment that the driver pulled into Latimer Road station to pay his respects.

He stopped as the community gathered to enjoy an iftar meal, and beeped his horn in solidarity.

The driver is seen unfurling a green banner in support (Sky)

Footage then shows him appearing at the train door and slowly unfurling a green banner, which he holds above his head to huge applause from the crowd below.

‘A pretty remarkable scene actually’, Sky News reporter Dan Whitehead is heard to say.

‘One of the Underground trains stopping and cheers from the couple of hundred people who have gathered. What a lovely tribute.’

Tributes are left at Notting Hill Methodist Church, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in support of those affected by the massive fire in Grenfell Tower in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The touching moment came only hours before a group embarked on a midnight walk to Grenfell Tower, where they laid 72 white roses and 72 teddy bears for those who have lost their lives.

The tower was illuminated in a green light at six minutes to 1am on Thursday morning, the time of the first 999 call that initially reported the fire.

It stayed lit up until 5am.

Earlier this month, harrowing photos showed the gutted kitchen where the devastating Grenfell Tower fire broke out for the first time.

The photos were shown to the Grenfell Inquiry, which is currently investigating the cause and spread of the fire, which killed 72 people as it tore through the 25-storey building on 14 June last year.