The Great Get Together event was held at the Great Hall in Winchester (18 June), along with more than 100,000 events held across the UK, encouraging communities to come together to share food and celebrate unity.
Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Graham Burgess, and Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, invited representatives from across Hampshire to share food and celebrate unity, including Mayors and Parish Chairman from across Hampshire, secondary schoolchildren and those from the voluntary sector.
Councillor Perry made an address along with the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at the County Council, Councillor Keith House, and former Labour County Councillor Frank Rust, each emphasising the important unity that exists across UK communities.
Councillor Perry said: “The Great Get Together Tea Party was a fitting tribute in commemorating Jo Cox’s life and celebrating the values she held so strongly. Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to our collection box for the Jo Cox Foundation. The money will go towards advancing the causes that Jo Cox championed like loneliness in UK communities.”
Ahead of the event at the Great Hall, the Chairman and Leader of Hampshire County Council attended the Annual County Service at Winchester Cathedral, where they were joined by Armed Forces families, representatives from interfaith organisations and local schoolchildren.