Memorial on first anniversary of deaths of 39 people who died in container

A MEMORIAL event paying tribute to the 39 people who died in a container lorry is being held on the first anniversary of the tragedy reports the BBC.

The bodies were discovered in the lorry in the early hours of 23 October 2019

A group of Vietnamese people suffocated in a container on 23 October 2019 as it was transported from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Purfleet in Essex.

The migrants, aged between 15 and 44, had been allegedly trapped in the trailer for 12 hours.

A trial at the Old Bailey continues in relation to the case.

Hackney Chinese Community Services (HCCS) began welcoming visitors to a shrine at its centre in Ellingfort Road, Hackney, from 10:00 GMT on Friday.

Those paying their respects lit incense, wrote tributes and sat in silence in front of a wall displaying the names of those who died.

The shrine included a poster displaying the text of poems read at funerals and a table covered in white flowers, candles and offerings of fruit, sweets and biscuits.

HCCS centre manager, Jabez Lam, 64, said the aim was to “share the experiences, the common grief and the hardships of migrant communities”.

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