Great Get Together events honour Jo Cox

  • Great Get Together events honour Jo Cox

Great Get Together events honour Jo Cox

And he explained The Great Get Together's ethos in an interview with TFN.

Kim Leadbeater, Cox's sister, said the reaction to The Great Get Together was "amazing".

With the event meant to bring people together, Ms. Cox's widower, Brendan Cox, said there could be "no more fitting tribute" to his wife.

"People are desperate for it - people want something that is about coming together and being positive". "But it shouldn't take the murder of Jo, or the bad events of the past few weeks, to remind us that ordinary people can do extraordinary acts of courage, kindness and generosity towards strangers and friends alike", he added.

The Great Get Together, co-ordinated by the Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up by her husband Brendan following her death, will involve picnics, street parties and concerts, starting today (16 June) and running across the weekend.

In her maiden speech to Parliament Mrs Cox said: "We have more in common that what divides us".

He addressed a crowd of about 100 people at the event held at Sandwell Valley Country Park. "Just moments that don't fixate on the differences but focus on those things that we have in common".

He said: "Of course it's partly about Jo but, actually, I think it's tapping into something more important even than that which is a sense that our communities want to come together again".

"I think we're getting through, maybe it will take a while but the message will get through". The York diocesan synod on Saturday would take time to remember Mrs Cox and her legacy, he said.

"We will not go back to a "them and us" culture where distrust and hate exist and the best way to help end prejudice is by talking to each other and understanding our various communities".

The event was one of 120,000 organised on the anniversary of the MP for Batley and Spen's death that aimed to celebrate the spirit of the 41-year-old.

He said: "We've hopefully created the space that people can come together and talk".

"Jo remains a key part of our lives through the stories we tell and the memories we cherish". "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".