STRICTLY Fairtrade was Linlithgow’s showstopping Fairtrade event of the year so far last Friday.
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight which runs till Sunday, Linlithgow Fairtrade Partnership (LFTP) organised the event at Linlithgow Academy with schools, local groups and a squad of volunteers on board.
Pat McEwan, LFTP secretary, said: “It went really well and was very well supported. It was a fun night and we were very encouraged by it.”
Over 120 people went along and there were stalls and work on display from school pupils, including the winning Fairtrade posters from Winchburgh Primary.
Pat added: “One of the highlights was the display in the crush hall which showed all the businesses, churches and groups in the area that support Fairtrade. “It took up the whole length of the hall. A lot of people were impressed and didn’t realise the extent of Fairtrade in the town.”
Fairtrade fashion was modelled by Academy pupils on the catwalk and primary pupils’ talent shone with their inventive Fairtrade games. Snakes and ladders was re-invented with palm trees and bananas with Fairtrade questions, there was Fairtrade Monopoly and a Fairtrade raffle.
Pupils in the Academy’s Fairtrade Club also created a timeline showing the beginnings of the movement in the 1700s until now.
LYPP composed a rousing song for the night, performed at the beginning and end, named ‘All Because’.
MSP Fiona Hyslop attended the successful event, joined by councillors Martyn Day and Tom Conn, but Pat knows there is always more work to be done.
She said: “Linlithgow has been given Fairtrade status three times now but there are lots of worldwide producers that would still like to be part of the Fairtrade movement.
‘‘This cannot happen until the market grows, so there’s still a lot to do.
“We want to expand - working with more schools, more businesses and churches, as well as working toward Scotland becoming a Fairtrade nation.”