Communities unite for ‘Great Get Together’
From street parties to littler picks and bake offs to barbecues, the weekend saw communities celebrate the Great Get Together in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox.
Scores of residents turned out to enjoy street parties in Bury St Edmunds, with a flash mob for one of Jo Cox’s favourite songs, Do You Hear the People Sing, and a magician featuring in the Albert Crescent celebrations, and table tennis, football and a water sprinkler adding to the festivities in Cannon Street.
Members of the Multicultural Women’s Group of Bury shared a picnic in the Abbey Gardens, while members of the Bury Islamic Community broke their Ramadan fast by sharing a meal with others, including the High Sheriff of Suffolk, Geoffrey Probert and Bury MP, Jo Churchill, at West Suffolk Interfaith and Community Forum’s inaugural event at the Friends’ (Quaker) Meeting House.
A gluten-free pistachio cream cheese cake won first place at a successful cake-off at Christ Church, Moreton Hall, while Redcastle Action Group’s best bake competition at Meet Up, Thetford, saw unicorn and caterpillar cakes among youngsters’ entries.
In Hepworth pony rides, a dog show, music and art helped raise hundreds of pounds for charity, while volunteers, old and young, were rewarded with free hot dogs after taking part in a clean-up on Thetford’s Abbey Estate – among numerous other events held in the area.