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with the tragedy six months on?
Joins me now
I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.
We start tonight with more
on today's memorial service marking
six months to the day that a fire
ripped through Grenfell Tower,
claiming 71 lives,
including 18 children.
It was one of the worst tragedies
to hit the capital in London's
modern peacetime history.
This morning, at St Paul's
and those who've lost loved
ones came together.
Many here grieved for loved ones,
precious people who perished
on that dreadful night.
Mothers, fathers, sisters,
brothers, aunts and uncles,
cousins, sons and daughters.
Today would have been the first
birthday of one of the youngest
victims of the fire.
STEEL DRUMS PLAYING "HALLELUJAH".
In years to come, our
hope is that the name
of Grenfell will not
just be known as a symbol of sorrow,
of grief, or injustice.
But a symbol of the time we learned
a new and better way
to listen and to love.
# I see is light and
darkness all around.
# You feel so helpless,
you can't see which way to go #.
I'm glad I was there,
it means something to all of us
and I loved the parts of the service
that talked about this
being a change in the way
we approach the way we look
after each other.
The windows broke, things
were falling to the floor, and then
in the space of six minutes,
the fire had already reached
six floors above it.
You could see the smoke.
It felt as if it wasn't real.
I was just horrified by what I saw
and I just wanted to help.
You feel pulled together in the same
way that we've pulled together
in the initial aftermath
of the fire.
I think there's a need for us
to share today and to be together.
The two standout points for me,
that made me feel tearful,
were when the Muslim choir,
the Muslim girls sang.
Those words were very
poignant and the moment
when the schoolchildren
from the various primary schools
in the area scattered green hearts
around to the song of 'Somewhere'
from West Side Story.
Those were really, really
moving moments for me.
We trust that this service today
is an assurance that the families
most deeply affected by this
tragedy are also not
forgotten by our nation,
by those here in this cathedral,
and by those who watch and listen
around the country today.
Since the tragedy, the community
in North Kensington
has come together in many ways,
but that night lives were fractured.
Many people lost more than one
member of their family, and some
of those affected were children.
Katharine Carpenter has been to find
out how they've been coping,
and about the help that's
available to them.
There's plenty of pre-Christmas
excitement at the Harrow youth
club's party, but children
like 11-year-old Charlie sometimes
struggle to celebrate.
He had two friends
in Grenfell Tower.
One escaped, the other didn't.
I just think about the people
who were lost in the fire and how
they didn't really deserve it.
Because some people were quite
young, they had their whole lives
ahead of them and they all
of a sudden are not there any more.
Foremost in his mind, Fatima,
who he sat next to in maths.
She died with her two sisters,
her parents and grandmother.
Like other children,
he finds seeing the tower a constant
reminder of what happened.
In school, all children just
watching it and everyone was crying,
because most people,
a whole family
from our school, died.
I just talk to my friends and they
are very supportive about it.
Of course, the young people enjoying
the party inside have got very
different ways of dealing
with what's happened.
I spoke to one mum who told me
she initially turned down the offer
of counselling for her son
because she didn't
think he needed it.
It's only now, six months on,
that she's trying to find him
someone to speak to.
But like many others,
she wishes the signposts
as to where to find that help
were much clearer.
For us who are on a face-to-face
basis with the young people that
access our services,
and I know they need more support
and help in what they are
actually going through.
It seems the focus is only
on the parents, survivors,
or if you haven't come
from a certain part of Grenfell,
then you are deemed as maybe second
in line to any services
and stuff like that.
But helping this community has been
a huge task for the local NHS Trust.
It's already seen more than 1800
people since the fire.
936 adults have been identified
as being in urgent need of treatment
for post-traumatic stress disorder.
And 191 children and young
people have been referred
for mental health treatment.
More psychologists are
still needed to help.
I think we are going round,
knocking on doors.
We are trying to have a presence
in all of the community
centres we can think of.
We have been speaking
with other professionals.
It might be that Tom goes
to their GP and wants access
to help, so the GP knows how to get
them in touch with services.
And it's trying to create a network,
I guess, of different support,
because different people might need
different things at different times.
For Michael, it's this painting
which brings the rawest emotion.
It pictures one of the Harrow club
members who died in Grenfell Tower.
As much as we would like to forget
Grenfell and put a line under it,
it's never going to happen.
So we're going to put it up
and have an opening for it and make
sure his life is celebrated.
Because we love him.
Top boy, he really was.
To other news now, and Boris Johnson
has been called before
the London Assembly to give evidence
on the failed Garden Bridge project.
The Assembly has used legal powers
to demand he attends.
It's the the first time
such measures have been
used on a former mayor,
and comes after the Foreign
Secretary declined to speak
to an earlier inquiry.
A spokesperson for Mr Johnson says
a new hearing would be "pointless".
Now to a family mystery
going back more than 70 years.
In 1943, a two-week-old baby boy
was abandoned in a box on the steps
of the BBC in London.
Now aged 74, Robin King has spent
most of his life wondering
who abandoned him, and why.
He was discovered by a BBC studio
manager, and this week
the two were reunited.
Steve Knibbs was there.
You're that baby!
A reunion 74 years apart,
as Trevor Hill meets the contents
of a box he discovered outside
the BBC in 1943, that today,
is 74-year-old Robin King.
You wouldn't fit
into that little box.
No, not now.
In 1943, BBC Broadcasting House had
been bombed, so be overseas service
was set up in the Peter Robinson
department store on Oxford Street.
And one morning, as Trevor turned up
for work, he found a box outside.
So you were wrapped
in a blanket inside the box.
Did you worry it might be
a bomb or something?
Exactly, we've pretty sure it was.
Particularly when it moved slightly,
we thought it was a timer.
Luckily I wasn't blown up.
Thankfully, it was just Robin
in the box and aged just two weeks,
he became a foundling.
He was named Robin Peters
after the department store
where he was found and eventually
adopted at the age of four.
These are my biological parents.
After decades of searching,
last year, Robin's daughter
traced his biological parents
to Canada with the help
of a DNA expert.
They were Douglas and Agnes Jones.
He was in the Royal Canadian Air
Force, working at a radio training
school in South Kensington.
He met and married Agnes in Glasgow.
It's a bit of a mystery because it
seems very difficult for him
or my mother to actually leave a box
in that position at that
particular time during the war
when there was a lot
of security worries.
So that doesn't make sense to me.
At least today, a few more pieces
of Robin's early life
have been filled in.
It's been completely,
for me, a magical day.
A day that I never thought
would exist and I never,
ever imagined that I would get
to meet the contents of that box.
He's still desperate
to know why he was left
outside the BBC in 1943,
but grateful, of course,
to have been found by Trevor.
That's it from me, but let's see how
the weather's looking
with Tomasz Schafernaker.
with Tomasz Schafernaker.
The cold snap is not quite over yet.
It's still pretty chilly out there,
for example temperatures got up to 6
degrees and to be honest it's not
going to be any colder or warmer
tomorrow, but one thing you will
notice, there's going to be more
cloud and it will be quite damp. On
the face of it it will not feel is
nice. It will feel a bit worse.
Tonight, temperatures dipping close
to freezing and there might be some
icy patches first thing in the
You can see some showers coming
through. Temperatures around
freezing, a risk of a little bit of
ice enough here and there. A fair
amount of cloud tomorrow. The
temperature is still struggling, 6-4
degrees in High Wycombe. This is
Saturday morning. I really chilly
start to Saturday, but a beautiful
winter's day, around 6 degrees. The
best day of the weekend I think is
going to be