COMEDIAN Eddie Izzard was in Batley last Saturday to help promote The Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox.
The international star spent time picnicking with friends and family of the late Batley and Spen MP to show his support of the nationwide celebration being held over the weekend of June 16-18 – marking a year since her murder.
He said: “Millions of us don’t know our neighbours. Maybe you’re a bit busy, a bit shy, maybe you don’t know how to break the ice.
“This year, we’re going to shake things up with the Great Get Together. We’re calling on people across Yorkshire and from all over the UK to come together, break bread, chat and have a good time.
“Have a natter, have a good old chinwag. It’s as easy as that.
“Please join in and get involved.”
Kim Leadbeater, Jo’s sister, and her parents Jean and Gordon, were alongside Eddie.
Communities across the UK will stage thousands of events in the hope of creating the biggest celebration since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, inspired by Jo’s words: “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”
Kim said: “The Great Get Together is a perfect way to celebrate the life of my sister.
“Jo was passionate about people and communities and that’s what this event is all about.
“It’s about everyone getting together, irrespective of their differences, and recognising all that we have in common.
“We’re calling on as many people as possible to take part.”
More in Common, which is part of The Jo Cox Foundation, is one of many community groups holding events in memory of Jo.
They are hosting two races on Sunday, June 25 at Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall – a 2.5km family fun run and a 6km cross-country challenge.