Two years ago, a group of Grenfell residents and their friends descended on a corner pub in Cambridgeshire’s north-west.
They had been drinking and were having a laugh when suddenly, they heard a loud thud, and saw a blaze.
The pub was engulfed in flames and one of the residents who had been there was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
By that time, the authorities had begun to identify and treat the dead and survivors, and the number of victims in the tower had risen to 10.
At the time, a young man had said he would stay in the building for a year, as he was too scared to leave.
Today, the fire has been brought under control, and one year on, it is one of Britain’s most historic buildings.
It has become a symbol of defiance, and its impact has been felt on the lives of the people who lived there.
In one of those early days, the young man, named only as Danny, told his friends to “just keep going”.
“It’s only been two years, but we can’t wait for the day that we’re all in the same place,” he said.
He and his friends went home to their flat, where they shared a room with other Grenfell survivors.
“We didn’t know if we were going to make it,” he told FourFourSecond.
“It’s like living in a bubble.
We didn’t realise what we were missing out on.”
It was the beginning of a new life for Danny, and he started taking classes in drama and music.
After two years of studying drama, he was accepted to the drama school at the University of Westminster.
On his first day, he went to the school’s rehearsal and took part in a play called “The Nightingale”.
In his own words, he recalled: “It was a very different atmosphere.
He said he was inspired by his new friends and was “very lucky to have been given a platform” to pursue his career. “
There was this great sense of community.”
He said he was inspired by his new friends and was “very lucky to have been given a platform” to pursue his career.
His first role was on Broadway in the musical adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.
As he continued to perform on Broadway, Danny became involved with the local arts festival. “
I really felt like this was my chance to do something, and it was something I had never done before.”
As he continued to perform on Broadway, Danny became involved with the local arts festival.
However, when the tragedy struck, Danny was unable to make any more plays.
Danny said: I was a bit burnt out, and I couldn’t see myself doing anything for the rest of the year.
This was the first time in years that I’d actually stopped working, and that was pretty tough.
I felt so empty.
I wanted to find something that was meaningful, something that would give me meaning again.
My dad was the one who told me that the fire was going to happen and that it was going do that bad, so I started to look at other jobs, but then my dad told me to just get on with it.
Drama and music weren’t the only career options for Danny.
One of the first things he did was move into acting.
But he had another career option, and soon after he started working as a stand-up comedian.
For the next few years, Danny kept a very low profile, and was eventually able to reconnect with his family.
Three years ago he moved back into theatre, where he continues to perform regularly.
As well as his stand-ups, Danny also hosts his own YouTube channel, Danny On The Town.
Over the past year, he has been touring the UK performing at a number of festivals and events.
And he said: It’s all been a huge challenge.
There was a lot of fear and uncertainty, but now I’m getting used to it.
I’m just grateful to have had the chance to be able to come out and be myself again.