Supporters of Fairtrade gathered at the British Legion in Burscough to celebrate Burscough becoming a Faitrade town. In welcoming everyone Parish Council chairman Brian Bailey spelled out the value from the Fairtrade scheme to producers in developing countries who would otherwise not receive a living wage for their work.
Rosie Cooper MP praised the work of the steering committee and in particular of Emily Lee, whose energy and commitment had made a major contribution to keeping the momentum going through almost three years of work towards achieving Fairtrade town status.
C Cllr Tim Ormrod, whose portfolio at Lancashire County Council includes Fairtrade, shared with the audience his vision for a Fairtrade county and also stressed the importance of work in schools on the impact of the Fairtrade movement.
Cynthia Dereli thanked everyone for their support to achieve Fairtrade Town status. However, she stressed that this is only the beginning: ‘The task of the steering group is now to continue to raise awareness of and support for Fairtrade in our community and to encourage more groups and businesses to sign up to support Fairtrade, so that we can have a really good progress report to put in to the Faitrade Foundation in a year’s time.’
Faitrade refreshments were of course provided and there was a chance to taste a range of Fairtrade wines (with thanks to Tescos and Alldays for their support in this). A range of Fairtrade products was on sale, thanks to young people from St John’s Church who ran the stall.