FRIENDS and supporters of murdered MP Jo Cox gathered for picnics and fetes in her memory.
More than 108,000 get-togethers are happening across the country, according to the event's website, including bake-offs, barbecues and games of football.
Mrs Cox, who entered Parliament in 2015, was stabbed and shot in her home town of Birstall by local man Thomas Mair, who was later found to have an interest in neo-Nazi groups. "We have such a strong community spirit here and I'm sure everyone will thoroughly enjoy these great fun events". Jo Cox's passion was about bringing communities together so it is important we all link together as a community especially with what is happening in the world.
Mrs Leadbeater said the anniversary of Mrs Cox's death would be "difficult" for the family but they were attending a number of community events in her honour. His tribute to the life and career of his wife - a young Labour Party MP heralded as a champion for women, immigrants and the vulnerable - helped him "process what has happened".
As she so poignantly described in her maiden speech: "'We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.' Her warmth, generosity and compassion will be a lasting legacy", he said.More news: UK PM May said wants broader consensus on Brexit plan -lawmaker
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She said: "There's a lot of stuff that I still haven't dealt with, and I guess that's where maybe counselling or some advice on how to cope with that would come in".
"We spend so much time talking about the areas we disagree with each other on, actually finding a moment like this when we just get together with our neighbours and have a good time in parks like this and streets up and down the country, I think is exactly what we need".
He was later handed a whole-life prison sentence for her murder.
He was joined by Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, former prime ministers from opposing parties who came together to highlight the role Jo played in showing people what they had in common. It was absolutely at the heart of who she was.
"We've had a lot of really horrendous things happen in the past 12 months, whether it's the Manchester attack, or the London attack or this horrendous fire this week, but what you see when those terrible things happen is that people do come together and we see the best of community spirit".