Parish to remember victims of King's Cross fire

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the fire at King's Cross underground station in which 31 people were killed. While 30 of the bodies recovered after the inferno were named - the identity of one victim - a middle-aged man - was never discovered. Each year the Blessed Sacrament Parish near Kings Cross, hosts and organises a number of events and services during the day.

Next Monday, (November 18) at 12.30pm the daily Mass will be offered for those who died in the tragedy. In the Parish Hall, there will be a small exhibition of the changes to King's Cross by London Underground, Argent St George and London and Continental Railways. This exhibition will be open from after Mass until around 9.00pm. Everyone is welcome, although it has been specially devised to inform the families of victims about changes in King's Cross.

At 7pm the Deputy Mayor of Camden, Cllr. Nasim Ali, will lay a wreath in the underground, and other wreaths will be laid, from families, London Underground, the Fire Brigade and Police. At 7.30pm there will be a service in the Blessed Sacrament Church in Copenhagen Street. The heart of the service will be the reading of names and lighting of candles to the 31 who lost their lives. At the end of the service the Deputy Mayor will unveil a Plaque to commemorate the gift to the Blessed Sacrament parish of name plates beneath the Stations of the Cross by the Mayor's Trust on behalf of the families of the victims of the fire.

Parish priest, Fr Jim Kennedy, said people are welcome to bring cameras and take pictures - but he asks that they follow directions from parish representatives and respect the families' privacy.

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