As the Queen said in her birthday message, as a nation we have faced a series of human tragedies leaving a sombre mood. A string of terror attacks including those in Manchester, London Bridge and then Finsbury in recent days has left us all wondering why there is so much hate in the world today. But we have also shown our strength together and have been resolute as a country in making sure such hate does not prevail and that we carry on with our lives.
On top of these events we have had the appalling Grenfell Tower fire tragedy last week. The suffering of those caught up in this dreadful event causes distress to everyone. There has been anger too since it seems extraordinary that, with all the building regulations and fire regulations that are in place, cladding that seems to have been flammable could have been used on the building. The government has established a Public Inquiry to investigate why the fire was able to spread in the way that it did. While anger is understandable, we should, at times like this, reserve judgement and blame until an inquiry fully establishes exactly what went wrong and then we should act to ensure such mistakes are never made again.
The disaster was also a reminder of the tremendous and often dangerous and difficult work done by our emergency services, including local firefighter Ben Holehouse who used to live in Camborne and now works for the London Fire Brigade and was one of those who fought the fire at Grenfell Tower. Closer to home, this week fire crews across Cornwall also fought a major fire at the recycling centre at Pool.
Despite the gloomy tragedies in recent months, we have to carry on with life as normal. On a brighter note last weekend the sun was shining for Murdoch Day in Redruth and the town turned out in force. The streets were packed and local schools danced to celebrate the life and achievements of William Murdoch, the local inventor and engineer. Murdoch was one of the pioneers of steam power development in Cornwall and famously invented the first ever gas light using piped gas. The day was a happier and brighter end to an otherwise tragic week.