This weekend I hosted a Great Get Together Community Eid Picnic with Jenny Rathbone AM, local Labour councillors and the Welsh Muslim Cultural Foundation.
Over 300 people came along and we were extremely lucky with the weather, which stayed sunny and dry all afternoon, so everyone could enjoy games, a bouncy castle, origami heart making and lots and lots of food.
Some of the people who came along told me how they’d found it:
“We’ve had a great time today and met so many new people.”
“Me and my children had such a lovely afternoon, the chicken curry was lush and to meet some lovely people. Can’t wait for next year!”
The Great Get Together, which began last year and will be held annually, was set up in memory of my friend and colleague Jo Cox MP who was murdered in June 2016. It’s an opportunity for communities to come together and remember that we have ‘more in common than that which divides us,’ a quote that Jo Cox used in her first speech in Parliament.
We decided that our Get Together would be a picnic to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
I had a fantastic afternoon at our picnic, and it was great to see so many friends and meet even more new ones. I’m looking forward to next year already!