FAIRTRADE took centre stage in a special event at Linlithgow Academy last Friday on the eve of Fairtrade Fortnight.
A record turnout of over 100 kids and teachers turned up to the ‘Step in to Fairtrade’ night, organised by the Linlithgow Fairtrade Partnership (LFP), which included choir performances from Linlithgow, Springfield, Linlithgow Bridge and Bridgend primary schools, and songs written and sung by Linlithgow Young People’s Project (LYPP).
Helen Mein of the LFP said: “The singing was of a very high standard, culminating in Linlithgow Bridge Primary’s song that they had written about Fairtrade. The Fairtrade Partnership are delighted and very grateful for the support and help of teachers and parents to make it happen.”
She praised the efforts of the comperes, depute headgirl Hannah Brutin and Melanie Sneddon (S5), both from the Academy’s Fairtrade group, who brought the whole event together, calling them “magnificent”.
Stalls of Fairtrade goods including chocolate, cards, bamboo socks, jewellery, sporting and cycling items were busy; the raffle was drawn by Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop, and Fairtrade poster competition prizes were handed out by Councillor Tom Conn.
Fairtrade nibbles on the night included dips and snacks from Hyndberry.
Members of the LYPP band B-Line had a great time. Gregor McAdam (13) said: “It’s good to have the chance to perform, and it’s good that people have the opportunity to hear about Fairtrade.”
Cameron Stewart (13) added: “It was very informative, and because it was in with the music lots of people learned more than they knew before. I might go to the Academy Fairtrade group now.”
Performing primary school pupils also enjoyed the night. Mhairi Grant (9) said: “My favourite thing was performing all the songs,” and Ellie Miller (9) added: “I think Fairtrade is good because it lets the farmers get more money.”
There was a lot of information on the night about the continuing growth of Fairtrade products, meaning that more workers and farmers in the developing world receive fair prices for their work, allowing them to provide for their families and invest in the local community. And the efforts of similar groups round the country were rewarded this week with the news that Scotland has been granted the status of Fair Trade Nation.