Fairtrade Fortnight to set new World Record

Fairtrade Fortnight starts on Monday February 28th. This year’s theme is to get Loud and Proud and “Show Off Your Label”. The focus is on cotton, including an attempt by groups from Garstang (the World’s first Fairtrade Town), together with Preston and South Ribble, Lancaster and Morecambe District and Myerscough College to help produce Fairtrade-themed bunting of record length. Confirmation will be assessed by judges from the Guinness Book of Records.

Local schools and other groups in the area will decorate cotton bunting, supplied by the Fairtrade Foundation, with Fairtrade-related illustrations on the theme What Fairtrade means to me. This bunting will then be assembled for displaying from 10am to 3pm at Th’Old Tithe Barn, Garstang, on Saturday, March 5th. Additional support will be provided by the Margaret Kane, a Kensington Foundation canal boat. The event will be attended by the Mayor of Garstang, Coun. Gillian Lamb, and the Mayoress, Coun. Sandra Perkins, also by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre Borough, and by the Rt Hon Sir Robert Atkins MEP and his wife, Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins. Later, the boat will take the bunting to Lancaster for display at the Ashton Memorial in Williamson’s Park before being taken to contribute to the Fairtrade Foundation’s record attempt in London.

Other Fairtrade events during the fortnight will include a fair trade cookery demonstration at 7.30pm on Monday March 7th by Ian Piper of Pipers Restaurant, Garstang, as well as several activities by local organisations. Look out for announcements!

Fairtrade Fortnight is the annual awareness raising campaign of the Fairtrade Foundation when Fairtrade stakeholders and supporters aim to communicate the benefit of products certified by the Fairtrade Foundation to empower producers in developing countries.

For more information please contact Ruth Bruce, Chairman, Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group, email brucemr@btinternet.com tel: 01995 602784, or the Fairtrade Foundation at http://www.fairtrade.org.uk