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Stars Come Out In Force With Release Of Grenfell Tower Charity Single

Stars Come Out In Force With Release Of Grenfell Tower Charity Single

To raise money for the victims.

Michael Minay

Michael Minay

Over the last couple of months, London has witnessed two terrorist attacks, and a great human tragedy.

Grenfell Tower, a high-rise block of flats in West London, was subject to a horrific fire - for which we are still awaiting answers.

Now, a whole host of celebrity singers have come together to release a charity single in aid of the families of the 79 victims, and the hundreds affected by the fire, which has left a devastating image on London's skyline.

The 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' cover, has hit the number one spot on iTunes, just two hours after it was released.

The single, organised by Simon Cowell under the umbrella of 'Artists For Grenfell', is a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's classic.

22 artists in total make up the professionals, including: Liam Payne, James Blunt, Craig David, Leona Lewis and Roger Daltrey.

The song opens with a rap by Stormzy, and features another by WSTRN midway through. Britain's Got Talent winner, Tokio Myers, also appears on the single.

Leona Lewis (Credit: PA)

Residents and survivors of the fire-ravaged tower block also appear as part of a choir led by TV choirmaster Gareth Malone.

Gareth told The Sun: "Seeing how emotional the local residents became while singing was really moving.

"Some of them actually lived in Grenfell Tower, their homes have been destroyed. It's very raw for a lot of them."

Stormzy opens with the lines: "I don't know where to begin / So I'll start by saying I refuse to forget you.

"I refuse to be silenced / I refuse to neglect you.

"That could have been my mum's house / Or that could have been my nephew / I just hope that you're resting and free up there."

Stereophonics Singer, Kelly Jones, who also appears on the track, said that the poignancy of the song makes it even more emotional.

He said: "All these things that are happening in London at the minute, and Manchester and everywhere, I think the main thing is people are pulling together."

Kelly Jones (Credit: PA)

Simon Cowell, who lives in the same borough as Grenfell Tower, has also managed to bring together artists such as Rita Ora, Ella Eyre and James Arthur together for the instant hit.

The JustGiving page has already raised over £300,000 in support for the victims, with the 99p record expected to get this figure even higher - it's already raised over £150,000.

Credit: PA

Earlier today, Prime Minister Theresa May, said: "The support on the ground, in the initial hours, was not good enough.

"That was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most.

"As Prime Minster, I apologise for that failure. As Prime Minister I have taken responsibility for doing what we can to put things right."

An investigation, led by Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police, is underway, looking at a wide variety of aspects.

Featured Image Credit: Artists For Grenfell

Topics: Grenfell Tower, London