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Skye is urged to show its Scot Spirit as biggest community event since the Jubilee to be held across the UK in June. 

Tens of thousands of community get-togethers are being planned and The Big Lunch is calling on communities in Skye to get involved over 17-18 June.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall hosted the launch at Clarence House as patron of The Big Lunch, one of the founding partners of The Great Get-Together, alongside The Jo Cox Foundation and dozens of other community groups, NGOs and faith groups.

The Great Get-Together will take place over the weekend of June 17 and 18. People are being invited to come together with friends, neighbours and others they don’t yet know for street parties, picnics, barbecues and bake-off competitions. It follows the first anniversary of Jo Cox’s murder on June 16 last year.

Jo’s husband, Brendan Cox, said: “Jo loved a party and she would have been thrilled by the idea of The Great Get-Together. As she said in her maiden speech in parliament – we have far more in common than that which divides us. Jo wanted a chance to bring our communities together to celebrate what unites us. There could be no more fitting tribute to her memory than The Great Get-Together helping to do just that”.

It is expected to be the biggest event of its kind since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The weekend will be an opportunity to celebrate all that Britain’s diverse communities hold in common. 

Jamie Oliver said: “There's nothing better than a good get-together with friends, family and amazing food. The Great Get-Together takes it to a whole new level! Food connects us to the best things in life – it breaks down barriers, and gets people talking and sharing happy times like nothing else. This is an awesome initiative, and I’m really proud to add my support.”

Gordon MacLean, who volunteers for a community initiative in Rutherglen, said: “The Great Get-Together is a fantastic initiative that will help communities come together and celebrate with one another in their local areas. I helped to organise and run a Big Lunch last summer in our local park, this was a great success with many local people coming together, spending time, sharing food and having great fun with one another. We had a drummer and two pipers that seemed to blow the clouds away, a story teller that spun great tales for people of all ages and a local folk band that played for us while we enjoyed the atmosphere, food and company. It is excellent to see and celebrate the diversity within our own communities. The Great Get-Together is a simple, yet brilliant and inclusive opportunity for all members of the community to share experiences and get to know one another better while having a great time together.

Above: Jamie Oliver joins Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall in the Clarence House kitchen along with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall as preparations are being made and Scottish ‘Big Luncher’ Gordon MacLean gives a helping hand.


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