Fairtrade hopes to encourage businesses

220212 Winchburgh ps fairtrade poster comp winners.
220212 Winchburgh ps fairtrade poster comp winners.
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MONDAY marks the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight (February 27 - March 11) and Linlithgow is gearing up for a host of fun events.

The town’s commitment to Fairtrade goes back to 1994 and a decade later in 2004, the hard work paid off when the town gained Fairtrade Town status. The Linlithgow Fairtrade Partnership works locally to promote the ethos of Fairtrade.

New chairwoman Eileen MacGregor from Carseknowe has been part of the local group for nine years.

She said: “Linlithgow’s Fairtrade status was renewed in 2007 and 2010 and we’re constantly looking to raise more awareness in the town.

“All of the local primary schools have or are working towards Fairtrade status, and Linlithgow Academy has had it for a long time now. We run a stall at St Michael’s RC church two or three times a year, and we go to the Farmers Market, and West Lothian Fairtrade Zone events.”

As the group develops, Eileen (68) added: “We would like to target more businesses in the town, and we would like to make more contacts with Fairtrade producers abroad. A new venture last year meant that some money made was sent to a women’s project in Peru.”

She added that sales of Fairtrade had not dipped in Scotland despite the recession and the local group were part of the campaign to make Scotland a Fairtrade Nation.

The In Winchburgh Primary poster competition winners - Maddy Reay (P6) and Anna Wilson (P2), Ami McDonald and Jameil Scarlett (nursery), are pictured with friends who organised the competition.

Picture by Gordon McBrearty L120812