A new group is hoping to show there is ‘More in Common’ in our communities and bring people together.
The Boston More in Common (MIC) group is being organised as part of a nationwide campaign run by Hope Not Hate to heal the divides in communities.
Julian Thompson, along with three others, took up the challenge of forming the group after appearing on the Radio Four Two Rooms show about the Brexit vote.
Mr Thompson, who voted to leave, said he didn’t want people tarring all leave voters with the same brush and that following the programme, those taking part understood some of the valid reasons people had voted as they had.
He has since been in touch with Hope Not Hate and others to start setting up a Boston group.
He said: “We’re hoping it will gather momentum and it will bring both sides together so we can start talking and making Boston a better place to live in.”
We’re hoping it will gather momentum and it will bring both sides together so we can start talking and making Boston a better place to live in.Julian Thompson, Boston More In Common organiser
Mr Thompson and his colleagues are currently working with Placecheck groups – including Witham East. Details have not yet been firmed up but more will be released in the future.
Earlier this month, the Lambeth More in Common group shared a video from the Brixton Come Together Festival 2016, in which locals sent messages of friendship to the people of Boston.
Brixton was the place with the highest number of remainers in the UK with 78.6 per cent. Boston was the highest leave vote with 75.6 per cent.
Organiser of the Lambeth group Jo Hiley, who grew up in Lincolnshire, said: “Brixton and Boston seemed the logical choice, partly because of the Brexit vote.
“We really wanted to show [the video] to the wider community and show that despite what we may assume, we consider ourselves friends of the people.”
Funding for the project comes from the Jo Cox Memorial Fund, set up after the remain MP was killed ahead of the Brexit vote.
To help with the Boston MIC call Mr Thompson on 07970 677507.
You can also visit the new group’s Facebook page here.