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Portsmouth residents are being encouraged to organise parties, picnics, barbecues and bake-offs for the Great Get Together on 17 and 18 June.

Portsmouth City Council is encouraging people to come together with friends and neighbours in parks and other suitable open spaces as part of the national celebration of what diverse communities have in common.

The Great Get Together is being organised by The Big Lunch and Jo Cox Foundation, alongside dozens of other groups, to be held on the weekend following the first anniversary of Jo Cox's death. It is expected to be the biggest event of its kind since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: "This is a great initiative and helps to build community cohesion. This is a good opportunity for local neighbourhoods to work together to celebrate the area they live in."

Organisers will just need to complete an event application and arrange suitable public liability insurance.

People interested in getting involved can visit www.greatgettogether.org for a free kit filled with tips, ideas and inspiration.