New Cross fire: Memorial service and commemorative plaque unveiling

Tomorrow, a church service will be held to remember the victims of the 1981 New Cross Fire, 30 years on.

The church has a strong connection with the young victims as many of them attended the youth club there. In October 2002, Lewisham Council installed a special stained glass window in their memory.

Speakers at the service include George Francis, Chair of the New Cross Fire Parents Committee, Sir Steve Bullock, and Joan Ruddock MP for Lewisham Deptford.
Date: 16 January 2011, 3pm
Venue: St Andrew’s Church, Brockley

Then, on Tuesday, a plaque will be unveiled to commemorate the site at which the fire took place. The ceremony will be attended by local councillors, dignitaries and members of the public. Families of the victims will speak at the event before unveiling the blue plaque.
Date: 18 January 2011, 2pm
Venue: 439 New Cross Road, London, SE14

Transpontine has more on the history and impact of the fire.