PEOPLE across Bolton joined with others from around the country yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

Residents gathered in the town centre and held a 72 second silence – echoing similar vigils in other part of the UK – to reflect the number of people who lost their lives in the disaster.

The town hall was also lit up in green and attendees from the gathering travelled to the lecture theatre at Bolton Library to hear a range of speakers discuss the events.

The event was attended by Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi who jointly called for "justice" following the tragic fire.

Bolton Council leader Linda Thomas said: “Today we remember the 72 lives lost in the Grenfell Tower a year ago. In Greater Manchester, our committed fire service responded quickly in the days that followed to make sure all high-rises, whether public or private, were safe.

“It was a needless loss of lives, but we remember them and the change that must be brought about to prevent such a tragedy happening again.

“Our thoughts are with the families, from the day we saw the terrible news unfold to the most recent statements given at the Grenfell Inquiry.

“Their pain is unimaginable, but their determination is inspiring and we stand with them.”

In London, 12 blocks alongside the tower turned green, in a show of solidarity across the skyline, while Downing Street was also illuminated.

The displays are part of a series of commemorations and vigils taking place this week.

On the eve of the anniversary, members of the grieving north Kensington community gathered for a 24-hour vigil to reflect on those who died in the fire.

During the private event, held at St Clement’s church, the names of the 72 victims were read out at 1.30am.