Communities unite for ‘Great Get Together’

Albert Crescent hosts a street party to remember murdered MP Jo Coxs message of unity
Albert Crescent hosts a street party to remember murdered MP Jo Coxs message of unity

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.

Volunteers at the coffee morning at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford on Saturday

Volunteers at the coffee morning at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford on Saturday

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.

Christ Church cake-off in honour of the Great Get Together

Christ Church cake-off in honour of the Great Get Together

Emma Kelly with her pigs in mud cake at the Best Bake Competition at the Meet Up Centre in Thetford

Emma Kelly with her pigs in mud cake at the Best Bake Competition at the Meet Up Centre in Thetford

Community clean-up on Thetfords Abbey Estate, organised by the Keystone Development Trust

Community clean-up on Thetfords Abbey Estate, organised by the Keystone Development Trust

Abbey Gardens picnic for the Multicultural Women Group of Bury St Edmunds

Abbey Gardens picnic for the Multicultural Women Group of Bury St Edmunds

Mia and Ela Goodwin, aged five and two, dressed up for the Great Get Together in Hepworth

Mia and Ela Goodwin, aged five and two, dressed up for the Great Get Together in Hepworth

Tina Matthews with sons Oli, age 10, and Benjamin, age six, enjying the Great Get Together event at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford

Tina Matthews with sons Oli, age 10, and Benjamin, age six, enjying the Great Get Together event at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford

Around 70 Cannon Street residents turned out for a street party on Sunday as part of Bury St Edmunds' Great Get Together celebrations

Around 70 Cannon Street residents turned out for a street party on Sunday as part of Bury St Edmunds' Great Get Together celebrations

The Bury Muslims and West Suffolk Interfaith and Community Forum remember murdered MP Jo Cox

The Bury Muslims and West Suffolk Interfaith and Community Forum remember murdered MP Jo Cox

Great Get Together event at the Friend's Meeting House organised by the Bury Muslims and West Suffolk Interfaith and Community Forum

Great Get Together event at the Friend's Meeting House organised by the Bury Muslims and West Suffolk Interfaith and Community Forum