As part of this year’s UK-wide Great Get Together weekend (21 to 23 June) activities, Martin Whitfield MP today hosted an afternoon tea event for charities and volunteers in the Tranent area.

Held at the town’s Loch Centre, Mr Whitfield hosted the event to say thank you to local volunteers and charities for the work they undertake with and on behalf of local communities throughout the year.

Mr Whitfield welcomed volunteers and staff from a variety of local organisations including East Lothian Foodbank, Radio Saltire, Dementia Friendly Tranent, Carefree Kids, Recharge, Roots and Fruits, Blooming Belters and Macmerry Men’s Shed.

Iain Gray MSP and local councillors Colin McGinn, Fiona Dugdale and Shamin Akhtar also attended the event.

Speaking afterwards, Martin Whitfield MP said:

“I was delighted that representatives from so many different local charities and groups attended this Great Get Together afternoon tea event and thank them all for joining me.

“Volunteering and community action is at the heart of Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common and can put aside our differences to work together for the benefit of our communities.

“That is what the Great Get Together weekend is all about, with events taking place across the UK to commemorate and celebrate Jo, her contribution to public life and especially her message that we have more in common.

“I urge others to use this time to reflect on Jo Cox’s life and consider how we can all be more appreciative and understanding of different beliefs and points of view as we go about our daily lives.”