Community events to celebrate life of Jo Cox take place

The events have been about bringing communities together - a message that Jo always fought for, and something her family wants to keep going.

Yet, as the nation reels from three terrorist attacks and now the Grenfell Tower inferno, it goes without saying that the next list should be devoted, nearly exclusively, to all those people from all walks of life whose heartfelt response to these tragedies has epitomised the very best of Britain.

THE family of Jo Cox have taken part in one of more than 100,000 events planned this weekend to celebrate the life of the MP who was murdered a year ago today.

Her parents, Jean and Gordon Leadbeater, said thousands of events across the United Kingdom in Mrs Cox's memory would help to send out a message of hope.

He said: "She would have loved this thing".

Speaking at Charvil Village Fair, held in her constituency earlier, Mrs May said: "I think it's highly important. Families, friends and neighbours came to pay tribute to a remarkable Member of Parliament who campaigned tirelessly for unity across communities".

"I remember running to the train just thinking, just be OK, like if you're injured, if you're hurt, we'll be OK, we'll put you all back together, just don't die".

"In the form of the atrocities in Manchester and London, we have seen in recent weeks the efforts of those who have attempted to divide our societies and spread hate".

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Mr Parmar himself came to Bolton from Nairobi, Kenya, almost 50 years ago, and said how important it was to support people and groups who might not otherwise easily integrate into the community. "She wouldn't have wanted us to sit at home and do nothing, this is what it's all about".

The Jo Cox Foundation teamed up with The Big Lunch to create The Great Get Together in celebration of Mrs Cox's belief that we all have more in common than that which divides us.

Head to The Great Get Together's website for more info.

"The world feels like quite an unstable place at times, it feels quite scary at the moment".

"And with The Great Get Together, what we've got is a reason to come together that isn't a bad reason".

"With almost 3,000 staff we have our own community here at Airedale, but don't often get the chance to come together and have a chat".

"The murder of Jo Cox was.an attempt to divide communities and to undermine democracy, but the response to the murder in the year since it happened has shown the British people will not be intimidated by such cowardly acts".

"People want this. People want a reason to be positive and look forward".

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