LOCALS turned out in strength for this year’s Batley Iftar, despite a change of venue because of the inclement Yorkshire weather.
Upper Batley High School was quick to accommodate over 700 people after rain prevented the third annual Iftar being held in the Batley Memorial Gardens on Saturday evening.
The Iftar is the first of a host of events taking place as part of the Great Get Together, in memory of the late Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox.
It is also a chance for people to experience the breaking of fast and hear about the holy month of Ramadan. Local faith leaders led proceedings, while Mrs Cox’s sister Kim Leadbeater also gave a speech.
The Batley Poets group and youngsters from Batley Girls’ High School, Windmill Primary, Warwick Road Primary, and Purlwell Nursery and Infants all entertained the audience with poetry, drama and singing.
Kim said: “It is heart-warming for our family that three years after Jo’s murder people are still so inspired to do such amazing things to remember her – both locally and nationally.”
There are hundreds of events planned up and down the country for this year’s Great Get Together, taking place on the weekend of Jun 21-23, which would have been Mrs Cox’s 45th birthday.
Batley’s Rev Mark Umpleby added: “We all came together in memory of our late MP Jo Cox and to continue our commitment to work for inclusion, understanding, welcome and to love like Jo.”
All getting together in Jo’s memory
HUNDREDS of people across North Kirklees are expected to celebrate the Great Get Together next month.
It’ll be the third annual staging of a nationwide series of events set up in memory of murdered Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox to recognise her key values of uniting people and combatting loneliness.
This year’s activities will take place over the weekend of June 21 to 23, marking what would have been Mrs Cox’s 45th birthday.
Kicking off the celebrations is the memorial rugby league game at Batley Bulldogs, which has taken place each year since the first Great Get Together.
On Sunday June 16 there is free entry to Batley’s game against Sheffield Eagles, and there’ll also be live entertainment from 12.30pm, with the match kicking off at 3pm.
On Thursday June 20 dozens of school children will ‘Step Into the Future’ and march in memory of Mrs Cox from Batley Market Place to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, home of the Bulldogs.
The Friday sees an Upper Batley Bake Off where people can bring a cake to enter the competition and sample other sweet treats at Upper Batley High School.
As always, there’s the Batley community service and picnic on the Saturday, followed by Cake on the Cobbles and the Heckmondwike Great Get Together in Green Park.
And the 2.5km fun Run for Jo will be happening at Oakwell Hall on the Sunday, sign up at to take part at https://racebest.com/races/hgcrs.
For more information on all events visit www.greatgettogether.org.