There are always mixed emotions when chaplains are involved in anniversary services. Saturday the 18th of November and the King’s Cross Fire anniversary was no exception. 30 years ago as the awful horror unfolded at King’s Cross it became clear that this was a terrible mass casualty event. sadly, 31 people lost their lives and dozens were injured with much more suffering the psychological scars of that day.
Attending the King’s Cross Fire Anniversary Service
Helping to plan the anniversary service were Angela and Dylis, both are Railway Mission chaplains covering the King’s Cross Station complex. However, now a Railway Mission chaplain, Christopher Henley was involved directly in the aftermath. He had supported one of the bereaved families and conducting the funeral. The chaplains have a sense of pride in their work. Although there’s also a deep sense of compassion for those grieving and living with the scars of that day.
Therefore, we continue to pray for all those affected by this tragic event 30 years on.
Moreover, just a few days after the anniversary I was talking to one of the BTP officers whose shift was first on the scene. This conversation was about the lasting mental legacy the fire has left with him and other officers. Some of these officers could no longer work as a police officer due to the trauma of that night.
The pictures below: Mr Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and BTP Chief Constable Paul Crowther with the chaplaincy team. Also photos of police and fire officers attending the reception after the service at Euston Fire Station.