Communities unite for Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox

18 June 2017 10:02AM

Communities across Cumbria have been uniting at part of the Great Get Together this weekend.

Organised to honour the murdered MP Jo Cox, they aim to be positive events to bring neighbours together.

Among the events organised locally was a high-profile family Get Together on The Green at Silloth yesterday.

Organisers encouraged both locals and tourists to bring along their picnics for a sun-filled afternoon event.

There was a marquee set up with live music to entertain the crowds, and games of rounders and cricket for children.

Mother-of-two Jo Cox was MP for Batley and Spen. She was murdered last year outside her constituency office.

The Jo Cox Foundation says her killing was designed to divide people and so the response on the anniversary of her death is to bring communities closer together to celebrate what people have in common.

Owen Martin, from Silloth Tourism Action Group, helped to organise the Get Together. He said: "It's very important nationally, and great to bring the local community together in her memory.

"It was really successful. There were lots of couples, families and groups of friends, locals and tourists.

"It's a nice thing to do. We are always interested in doing things like this to help bring people together."

The Ewanrigg and Netherton Tenants’ and Residents’ Association in Maryport also held a will hold a Get Together event yesterday.

The free afternoon tea included entertainment for children.

There was also a school reunion for former pupils of St Begh’s and St Benedict’s schools in Whitehaven last night.

Other Great Get Together events have been taking place across the county, with more planned today.

They include a funday at St Michael's Church in Workington.

Attractions will include a strawberry tea, craft and book stalls, bouncy castle and car boot sale. An exhibition of artwork produced by local schoolchildren will also be on display in the church.

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