Cheshire East backs Great Get Together to honour murdered MP

April 19, 2017

Cheshire East Council is supporting one of the nation’s biggest summer events to honour the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

The Great Get Together will be held on Saturday and Sunday June 17-18 and the council is encouraging residents across the borough to join together in their communities to share food, conversation and celebrate what we all have in common. 

The weekend will mark the first anniversary of Batley and Spen MP Jo’s murder on June 16 2016. The council has made £15,000 available for community groups to apply for grants of up to £100 to come together and hold street parties. 

The council will waive the fees for licensing and road closures for these special community events. Please note that we need community groups to respond as soon as possible if they would like a road closure – as statutory guidelines require applications by this Friday (April 21) to allow the necessary notices and processes to be undertaken in time. 

The council will also organise two community events that weekend, one in Westminster Park, in Crewe, on Saturday, June 17 – making the link with Westminster in London and the tragic events that took place during the terror attack on March 22 in the capital. The other event will take place in West Park, in Macclesfield, on Sunday, June 18.

Cllr Paul BatesCouncillor Paul Bates, cabinet member for communities and health, said: “I am really pleased that we are able to support The Great Get Together and that the great Cheshire East community will come together, hold street parties and other events in memory of Jo Cox. We all know of Jo for her campaigning around diversity and human rights but she also got people talking about loneliness in our communities, which is an issue for all people no matter what your age or background. 

“Social isolation can be more damaging to health than smoking, so I would really encourage people to either organise an event or go along to one in your area – perhaps take someone who you know who doesn’t get out a lot or someone who could benefit from meeting new friends and neighbours. 

“Connected people are happier and healthier and I can’t think of a better tribute to Jo than for us all to connect and celebrate living in our local community.” 

It is hoped that The Great Get Together will be the biggest event of its kind since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.