All the fun of the Fairtrade Fortnight

Happy snappers have a fair chance of winning a great prize during Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until March 8. Come up with a photo showing the importance of using Fairtrade products and send them to the Blackpool Fairtrade campaign, and you could win a food hamper chock-full of Fairtrade prizes.

There’s a plethora of local events planned – including Fairtrade restaurant menus, taste tests and coffee mornings – all co-ordinated by Blackpool’s Fairness Commission. Highlights include:

* A Fairtrade Photography Exhibition at Blackpool and the Fylde College’s University Campus until Thursday.

* Tastings at Sainsbury’s on Bickerstaffe Square where people get to taste the difference of Fairtrade foods.

* Fairtrade tea and coffee mornings at libraries around town.

* Fairtrade coffee mornings at All Saints, St Paul’s, Holy Trinity and Anchorsholme Methodist churches.

Councillor Martin Mitchell, who campaigned for Blackpool to become a Fairtrade town, is looking for more organisations to get on board. He said: “We know that some businesses in Blackpool are already in support of Fairtrade and we are looking for more of them to get on board in helping us to become a Fairtrade town and make Blackpool a fairer place to live and work.

“Being a Fairtrade business is a bigger gesture than just stocking a couple of products,” he said, “Adopting Fairtrade status will help businesses motivate employees, stand out from the crowd and, of course, keep customers happy. It’s great to see so many people active in the Fairtrade movement and I’d encourage everybody to get involved.”

Ian Collins, manager of Sainsbury’s Blackpool, added: “There’s a real community spirit around making Blackpool a Fairtrade town. We’ve got churches, local businesses and schools all involved and there is a real determination to promote Fairtrade products across the town.”

To enter the photo competition, take an interesting Fairtrade themed picture or video and email it to: [email protected]  or send it to ‘BlackpoolFairtrade’ on Facebook or @bpl_fairtrade on Twitter.

For a full schedule of events as part of Fairtrade fortnight, visit  www.blackpool.gov.uk/fairtrade


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