MP Ged Killen and MSP Monica Lennon hosted a successful Great Get Together Coffee and Cake afternoon on Friday, June 21 at Gilmour and Whitehill Parish Church in Burnbank.
The Great Get Together is a UK-wide series of events inspired by the pair’s fellow Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed on June 16, 2016.
Jo’s family and friends decided to arrange the Great Get Together each year in Jo’s memory, and to coincide with the late politician’s birthday on June 22.
Events were held across the country between June 21 and 23 in a bid to encourage civic pride and boost community spirit.
Ged Killen, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, said:
“In her first speech to parliament, Jo said: ‘We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us,’ and I think that she would be proud of her family and friends’ efforts to unite communities across the UK with the Great Get Together.
“Thank you to everyone who came along and enjoyed a cuppa with us, and to all who made donations for the day including Asda Blantyre and Lightbody’s in Hamilton.”
Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, said:
“It’s important to come together to honour Jo’s legacy and it was fantastic that so many people attended The Great Get Together on the weekend that would have been Jo’s 45th birthday.
“Bringing our community together makes us stronger and happier. Most of us have more in common than we think.”