Adele and Marcus Mumford among attendees at Grenfell Tower memorial service

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Later, a young Syrian musician played a mournful tune on the oud, an instrument commonly played in the Middle East and parts of Africa, where many Grenfell residents had ties.

As they filed out of the service, numerous bereaved paused on the steps of St. Paul's to comfort each other. Firefighters managed to pull 78-year-old Fatima Jafari's husband, Ali Yawar Jafari, from the building, but the 82-year-old died at the scene.

"We still miss my dad ... every day we cry".

The children he sheltered had been put to bed in the bedroom, she said, while the adults gathered in the living room next door.

Mr Corbyn hugged a woman tightly as she told him her experiences, while others begged him for justice.

BuzzFeed News understands that 99 households have moved out of hotels and into homes - 45 have moved into new permanent homes, the remaining 54 households are in temporary accommodation.

Participants take part in a multi-faith service at St. Paul's Cathedral as part of a Grenfell Tower National Memorial service on December 14.

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Emma Dent Coad, a Labour lawmaker for the neighborhood, said "emotions are still very raw" and the service was a "recognition that people from all walks of government are going to come down and grieve with them".

The service was conducted by the Bishop of Kensington, who said that he hoped the tragedy would represent a "time we learnt a new, better way".

He said: "As we come to the end of this hard year, as we celebrate Christmas, as we move into a new year, nothing can remove the memory of that night - nor do we want to forget those dearly loved people who were lost".

The service began when a white banner bearing a large green heart emblazoned with the word "Grenfell" was carried through the congregation to the pulpit by a Catholic priest and Muslim cleric from the area around the charred tower.

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