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Gravesend urged to get together for unity event inspired by murdered MP Jo Cox

PUBLISHED: 13:16 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 15 May 2017

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The Great Get Together takes place on June 17

Inspiration has been drawn from the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox as Gravesham looks to celebrate its diversity at its annual Fusion Festival next month.

The council is joining neighbourhoods across the country in remembering the MP, who was murdered by one of her constituents last year, by taking part in The Great Get Together, a lunch for businesses and community groups to share a table and food cooked by one another at Gravesend’s historic borough market on Saturday June 17, the weekend marking the year anniversary of Mrs Cox’s murder.

The buffet is being organised with the help of community relations charity Cohesion Plus, and is also a part of this year’s Fusion Festival.

Since 2013, the Fusion Festival has been held in Gravesend to celebrate the wide range of communities living together across Gravesham by bringing them all together.

For the Great Get Together, the council is asking any groups interested in coming along to prepare food for 10 people and share with one another on the day.

“Sitting together and sharing food brings so many benefits; it breaks down barriers and is one of the best ways to meet others; it reduces social isolation and allows preconceived ideas to be challenged; it’s a great opportunity to try other food and it’s just a great way to relax for an hour or two,” said Melanie Norris, the council’s communities director.

“Our lunch is in our new market and we think this is a perfect venue for what we hope will be a really community-spirited event.”

The lunch takes place between midday and 2pm at Gravesend’s Borough Market.

During the day, a programme of entertainment has been arranged throughout the town, to continue the festival’s celebrations.

To sign up for the event, contact kirsty.gaunt@gravesham.gov.uk.

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