This year has been a turbulent period for our country since the murder of Jo Cox a year ago. We have mourned time and again; for Jo, for the victims of attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, and Finsbury Park, and for those who died in the fire at Grenfell Tower. This has been a particularly sobering year.

But, despite the adversity we have faced, we have stayed remarkably united. From the One Love concert in Manchester, the march on Westminster Bridge, and the all the people who went to the bars in London Bridge and tipped the bar staff extra, so they would not suffer a loss of income from the bars being shut. All of these are indications of the strength of character we have in this country.

This weekend (16-18 June) has been the greatest show of strength yet. There have been over 120,000 events up and down the country that have been a part of the Great Get Together. It has been a chance to celebrate Jo Cox’s famous words:

“We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”

These events have seen us celebrate community and get to know our neighbours, they’ve seen us welcome strangers and develop new friendships. They’ve been an opportunity to celebrate all that we have in common.

We have seen 200 of these events take place under the Near Neighbours banner. We have been so happy to see these events happening and to see a real and tangible commitment to celebrating community.

It has been a tough year, but, inspired by Jo Cox, this weekend has left this year with a good legacy; it’s been a weekend where we’ve decided to stay together, both in our mourning and our celebrating. A conscious refutation of those who seek to divide us.

So, take a look at some of the tweets and pics from this weekend and join us in celebrating that we do have more in common than divides us and that we are stronger together.