Communities in Breckland and West Norfolk hold events to celebrate The Great Get Together

The Grange in Gt Cressingham open their doors for the annual duck race, they also host The Great Get

The Grange in Gt Cressingham open their doors for the annual duck race, they also host The Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox. Skylar-Grace Manning wins best dressed duck. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Set up to celebrate the life of murdered MP Jo Cox, events have been taking place across the country to mark The Great Get Together.

The Grange in Gt Cressingham open their doors for the annual duck race, they also host The Great Get

The Grange in Gt Cressingham open their doors for the annual duck race, they also host The Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox. Ben Margolis and his daughter Orianna plant a tree in memory of Jo Cox. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Organised by the late MP's family, the event is to honour her belief that we have 'far more in common than that which divides us'.

And across Breckland and west Norfolk communities came together to celebrate Mrs Cox's life.

The Grange in Gt Cressingham open their doors for the annual duck race, they also host The Great Get

The Grange in Gt Cressingham open their doors for the annual duck race, they also host The Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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At The Grange in Great Cressingham, near Watton, more than 100 people turned up to the event which had music, games and food.

The Grange in Gt Cressingham open their doors for the annual duck race, they also host The Great Get

The Grange in Gt Cressingham open their doors for the annual duck race, they also host The Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Grange, which was set up in 2012 by Ben Margolis and Sophie North, helps provide a therapeutic and educational rural environment for survivors of torture, asylum seekers and refugees rebuilding their lives in the UK.

The Great Get Together at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. Picture: Mark Snowden

The Great Get Together at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. Picture: Mark Snowden - Credit: Archant

The event enabled people to find out more information about the project and what it does.

For Mr Margolis the day held extra significance as he was a close friend of Mrs Cox and they worked together for four years at Oxfam.

He said: 'It was a big shock when she was murdered.

The Great Get Together at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. Picture: Mark Snowden

The Great Get Together at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford. Picture: Mark Snowden - Credit: Archant

'This is what Jo was all about - bringing people and communities together. She had the energy to bring it to life.'

The popular annual duck race was moved to coincide with the event.

Volunteers who turned out to litter pick on the Abbey Estate in Thetford as part of The Great Get To

Volunteers who turned out to litter pick on the Abbey Estate in Thetford as part of The Great Get Together. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

He added: 'It has been great and really lovely. I am pleased with how many people have turned up.

The Great Get Together in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

The Great Get Together in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali - Credit: Archant

'Some have come from the village, and some from other areas and a small number are the asylum seekers we work with regularly.'

The Great Get Together in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali

The Great Get Together in King's Lynn. Picture: Taz Ali - Credit: Archant

Thetford

A community litter pick was held on the Abbey Estate.

Organised by the Keystone Development Trust, volunteers from the estate put on their bibs and grabbed their pickers to help collect as many bags of rubbish as possible.

Helpers were then treated to a hot dog.

Louise Humphries, CEO of Keystone, said: 'It is just about bringing communities together and giving people the opportunity to come and do something about it because everyone says there is a litter problem.'

Volunteer Carol Powell said she took part because she is 'part of the Abbey'.

'I have done this for years because my husband used to do it and I used to go out and help him. He worked for the council at the time.

'I don't like litter lying about.'

The Charles Burrell Centre, also in Thetford, invited all its tenants, centre users, staff and volunteers to enjoy tea and cakes and a buffet lunch.

More than 100 people attended and there were some fun games and activities.

The centre also raised more than £250 towards the repair of the main hall viewing balcony stairs.

King's Lynn

People gathered in The Walks to share a picnic and play games.

Between 50 and 100 people attended and £170 was raised for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Labour parliamentary candidate Jo Rust, who organised the event with Daphne Sampson, was to bring together 'neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun'

For more information visit The Great get Together

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