HUNDREDS of people got together to celebrate the life and work of murdered Jo Cox MP with a picnic in the park.
The Great Get Together, held at Clifton Park in Rotherham on Saturday, also featured live music, games, and crafts for children.
Doncaster charity The Real Junk Food Project provided hot food for all, while picnickers shared snacks on the lawns.
A minute’s silence was observed to remember the Batley and Spen MP who was murdered outside her constituency office on June 16 last year.
The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Eve Rose Keenan, urged picnic-goers not to let violence by a minority to breed mistrust of neighbours.
She said: “Through days like today we can set an example to all about how, in the end, division is temporary — love and unity are everlasting.”
The event was organised by national anti-extremism campaign Hope Not Hate.
Dearne Valley residents took part in their own games and a picnic in Mrs Cox’s memory.
Dozens of people turned out for a sunny afternoon of snacks and smiles at Thurnscoe Flower Park last Saturday, raising £120 for the Jo Cox Foundation.
John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, addressed the crowd, which was entertained by Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir.
Mr Healey said: “Jo Cox would have loved Thurnscoe’s picnic in the park.
“It was people getting together, not knowing each other but talking with each other and sharing food together.
“I want to offer the organisers many thanks and congratulations.”
Gemma Cobby, of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, helped to organise the event.
She said: “It went fantastically well. We had around 100 people there including the choir, which was fantastic to listen to.”
April Fisher, of Goldthorpe and Bolton-on-Dearne Big Local, also pitched in.
She said: “It was a lovely event which went very well. We were very happy to be able to support it.”
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