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Scarborough Fair Celebrates Local Artistic Talent and Community 

Scarborough Fair Celebrates Local Artistic Talent and Community 

Published by Jon Burke at 3:56pm 22nd June 2020.

A re-imagined Scarborough Fair brought the Great Get Together to a close yesterday, after three days of judging artistic entries across three age groups, with £1,000 worth of prizes being handed out to the winners. Writers, poets, model makers and performers all contributed to the event that opened with a postcard design competition.

Themes of unity were popular across the competition that celebrated Scarborough and its residents, with Liana’s powerful painting of clasped black and white and hands taking second prize in the 12-18 category of the postcard competition. First prize was awarded to Katie for a dazzlingly colourful design of a Scarborough Fair logo and the weekend was brought to a close by the multi-genre competition that included songs, poems and spoken word entries.

The 12 to 18 age group overall winner was Emma, with her painting Looking Forward, while some of the entrants in the song lyric and postcard competitions even had their words and artwork featured in a new video recording of ‘Scarborough Fair’ by Mark Gordon and other local musicians. All entries will be displayed at Scarborough Library later in the year.

Scarborough Fair event co-ordinator, Tony Quinn, said:

“The aim of The Great Get Together is to commemorate the life of Jo Cox by bringing people together and whilst that is not easy at the moment, I am very pleased that the competitions and the Facebook site have gathered a considerable following with around 4,000 visits in the past week. A display of many of the entries will be held at Scarborough Library later in the year, but anyone wishing to see all the entries and other Scarborough Fair information can visit the Scarborough Fair Facebook page.”

Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, said:

“Wow. What an amazing Great Get Together weekend it has been. It has been inspirational and heartwarming for me to see so many people across the country coming together ‘virtually’ to celebrate the power of community and remember Jo’s message that we have ‘more in common than that which divides us.’ From local acts of community kindness, to the global Run for Jo and a powerful and moving online community service, we have shown that, whilst there are undoubtedly still important challenges to overcome, there is also a huge amount to be proud of in our communities. And despite being deeply saddened by the horrific attack in Reading on Saturday I, along with many, many others remain resolute that we will not allow ourselves to be divided. Together we can show those who seek to sow division and hatred that they will never win. So on behalf of Jo’s family I say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to every single person who joined in with this year’s Great Get Together - please stay connected, stay safe and stay strong.”

Every year since her murder in 2016, thousands of people across the UK have got together to remember Jo Cox and her message that we all have more in common than that which divides us. In 2020 the ‘Great Get Together’ took on a different form and the weekend of Jo’s birthday on June 19th-21st provided an opportunity for people to connect with others in their communities.

CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, Catherine Anderson, said:

"The Great Get Together is special every year - but perhaps even more so this year as we all find new and innovative ways to reach out to our friends, neighbours and to those in need in our communities, in extremely challenging times. Inspired by Jo, we want to make sure that our incredible Great Get Together family across the UK can continue to celebrate Jo's values, which resonate now more than ever before. Strengthened bonds and more connected communities will be one of the legacies of covid-19, and we believe that experience of togetherness will outlast the present crisis and endure long into the future."

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