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The Batley Iftar returns to Upper Batley High School

It is the first in-person Iftar event since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Upper Batley High School will once again accommodate hundreds of people for the 4th annual Batley Iftar this Saturday 9th April at 6.30pm.

The Iftar is the first of a host of events taking place as part of the Great Get Together, in memory of the late Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox. It is the first in-person Iftar event since 2019 due to the pandemic.

It is also a chance for people to experience the breaking of the fast and hear about the holy month of Ramadan. Local faith leaders will lead proceedings and will include performances from local school children and Batley Poets.

Volunteers from the More In Common Batley & Spen group, part of the Jo Cox Foundation.

MP for Batley and Spen and sister of the late Jo Cox, Kim Leadbeater said: “It’s great to see the Batley Iftar coming back to Upper Batley High School this year.

“The Iftar is an opportunity for people to come together and share food during the holy month of Ramadan, but like so many other events it was unable to take place due to the pandemic.

“I am delighted to see that lots of activities are getting up and running again across the area, including Easter celebrations which will be taking place in the coming weeks.

“These opportunities for people to reconnect are so valuable and really do show our community at its best.”

There are hundreds of events planned up and down the country for this year’s Great Get Together, taking place on the weekend of 25 and 26 June, which is shortly after what would have been Jo Cox’s 48th birthday.

Batley’s Rev Mark Umpleby added: “I’m really pleased to be able to join the Batley Iftar this Saturday evening. This event brings so many people from across our wonderfully diverse communities together – as we learn more together – we grow in our friendships – and we enjoy a varied programme before sharing food together.

“As a Christian priest I really value my friendships with those of other faiths and beliefs – and it will be great near the end of the Batley Iftar to stand with other faith leaders for a moment of prayer/reflection together. All are welcome to attend.”

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