Halifax residents honour memory of Jo Cox with show of community spirit

RESIDENTS from a Halifax estate came together for a community event at a local school in memory of murdered MP, Jo Cox.

The Labour MP was tragically murdered by a neo-nazi sympathiser in her constituency of Batley and Spen in June 2016; a crime that shocked the nation.

Over the weekend, on what would have been Cox’s 45th birthday, residents from the Beech Hill estate took part in a family fun day at Beech Hill School. The event was organised as part of the Great Get Together; one of a number of gatherings up and down the country held in her memory.

The free event included an inflatable disco, a children’s entertainer, face painting, henna painting and a Punch and Judy show. It was organised by Together Housing and Calderdale Council as part of the Calderdale Together Housing Investment Partnership, with support from its contractor partner Rhodar.

“The Great Get Together event brought the local residents of Beech Hill together to celebrate kindness, respect and all we have in common,” said Councillor Jane Scullion, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and resources. “As regeneration work at the estate continues, this well-attended event was a chance to show the fantastic community spirit of the area.”

Local resident Rifa Begum, who brought her three children to the event, said: “It was great to have a free event right on our doorstep to bring the community together. The kids really enjoyed the magician and balloon modelling and had a great time playing with their neighbours.”

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