The Council, alongside Derby Homes, and the Friends of Normanton Park will host a flagship Jo Cox Great Get Together event – a Grand Community Picnic.

When: Sunday 24th June, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Where: Normanton Park, Derby

For: Open to everyone

Cost: Free! Just bring (and share) a picnic, and something to sit on

There is guaranteed to be entertainment for everyone on the day, with bouncy castles, face painting, live music, dance groups, art work and loads more!

The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16th June 2016. This year, The Great Get Together will take place on the 22nd – 24th June 2018, which would have been Jo’s birthday weekend.

Inspired by Jo’s first speech to parliament when she said “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”, the Grand Community Picnic would like to invite anyone and everyone to attend; no matter your age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or ability – everyone is welcome to come along, and make new friends and connections.

Kim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s sister said:

“Jo loved a celebration and, speaking as a proud Yorkshire lass, nobody can rival us for the best parties, but there are so many wonderful events planned for the end of June that I wish I could get to all of them.

“Britain is once again coming together to show our country at its best. Whether it’s the big community gatherings or the dozens of smaller events, including boat races, musical extravaganzas and street parties, this will be a weekend to remember.

“I’m touched by how many people say they remember my sister’s words in Parliament when she said we have more in common than that which divides us. Between the 22nd and 24th June, we can prove her right and help continue the work she started.

“I’m sure the Great Picnic in Derby will be huge success and I hope everybody who gets involved has an amazing time.”

The 2018 Great Get Together builds on the success of last year when over 120,000 events, large and small, took place across the UK to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride said,

“Too often we find things to disagree on. It’s moments, and events like these, when we can get together with friends, family, loved ones, neighbours and strangers, and just have a good time!

“This is such a good way of getting everyone together, and just getting people to feel closer to their communities.

“Coincidentally, this Grand Picnic also ties in with the end of Refugee Week, and that’s all about creating a better understanding between communities, making the Get Together’s spirit of inclusion and community even more important.”