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Garstang Fairtrade Town: Relaunch of the Garstang Fairtrade Campaign

Garstang The World's First Fairtrade Town

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Relaunch of the Garstang Fairtrade Campaign

The Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group will relaunch their Fairtrade campaign at a public event on Monday June 25th in the United Reformed Church Hall, Croston Road, Garstang. Arrivals and Fairtrade wine reception will start at 6.30pm with the main event starting at 7pm. Free entry to all. The speakers will include Simeon Greene MBE, Relationship Director for Windwards Bananas, Bruce Crowther, Chair of the Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group and Fairtrade Towns Co-ordinator, Emma Rung from the Fair Trade Cities initiative in Sweden and Manchester based poet Robin Graham.

The Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group is well aware of what has been achieved in Garstang since becoming the World’s First Fairtrade Town in April 2000. At that time 95% of local businesses and all the schools and churches pledged to support Fairtrade with over 70% of local residents recognising the FAIRTRADE Mark, compared to a national average of just 20%. Now with more than 260 Fairtrade Towns in the UK, and Fairtrade Town initiatives in many other countries, Garstang is receiving media attention at an international level. But Fairtrade Towns are all about making further progress and there is still much that can be done in Garstang to make us worthy of our unique status. That is why the group has decided to relaunch the Garstang Fairtrade campaign.

Bruce Crowther, Chair of the Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group said, “I have often been asked what is meant by being a Fairtrade Town. This event will provide the opportunity for those living and working in Garstang to find out and learn more about Fairtrade and the FAIRTRADE mark. It will be a chance for local businesses, schools and churches to renew their pledges to Fairtrade. We hope there will be a good turn out but if there are people out there that cannot make the event but wish to know more or renew their pledge they are always welcome to contact me or other members of the group.”

The public event, taking place at the United Reformed Church is on the same site where Garstang was first declared a Fairtrade Town at the public meeting in April 2000. Following the relaunch a new survey will be conducted to establish if recognition of the FAIRTRADE Mark has grown in Garstang. The national average now stands at 57%.

Thanks to support from Garstang and District Partnership T-shirts and key rings commemorating Garstang as the world’s first Fairtrade Town are now available at the Discovery Centre. The Fairtrade Steering Group would like to thank the Co-operative Group for kindly providing the Fairtrade wine for the reception.

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