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Garstang's Fairtrade Town 5th Birthday & Lancashire Launch Fairtrade County Campaign

By becoming the first Fairtrade Town in November 2001 the little town of Garstang pioneered the Fairtrade Towns initiative used to promote the FAIRTRADE Mark. There are now 150 Fairtrade Towns in the UK and the idea has spread to Ireland, Belgium and Canada with hopes of similar initiative starting up in Scandinavia and the USA later this year.

The birthday party at Garstang Golf and Country Hotel will start at 8pm on Friday 10th March. Admission is by ticket only and included in the £15 entrance fee will be a buffet meal and live musical entertainment. George Alagiah will arrive later in the evening and as Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation he will propose a toast and cut a celebratory Birthday cake. On asking why he supports Fairtrade George answered, “During my days as war correspondent I learnt that the most important way to prevent conflict is to give families independence with regular work. Fairtrade does just that, and I congratulate and thank both Garstang and the County of Lancashire for all that they are doing to support Fairtrade.” Special guests at the party also include Issaka Sommande and Arsene Sourabie; Fairtrade mango producers from Burkino Faso.

Lancashire County Council recently held a forum to seek to establish a Lancashire Fairtrade group and has made a written undertaking to serve tea and coffee that display the FAIRTRADE Mark wherever possible.

Hazel Harding CBE, Leader of Lancashire County Council, said:

“Growers in the third world are finding it increasingly hard to make a decent living. The FAIRTRADE Mark guarantees fairer wages, better working conditions and an improved quality of life.”

“By establishing the Fairtrade group, we hope to bring people together to play a part in making Lancashire into one of the first Fairtrade counties.”

Elaine Gisbourne, Chair of the Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group says, “It is wonderful to think that while this small Lancashire town celebrates its fifth Birthday the whole County of Lancashire will also publicly announce its intention to make Lancashire a Fairtrade County. Fairtrade is going from strength to strength!” She hopes that many Fairtrade supporters from Lancashire will join in the Party.

On Saturday 11th March George Alagiah will take a short tour of Garstang and conduct a book signing at “The Corner Bookshop” between 11am and 12 noon. He would be delighted to meet as many local people as possible, and to hear their own stories of how they make Fairtrade their habit!

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