Over 100 adults and almost as many children flocked to Linlithgow Academy last Friday.
They travelled in numbers to the school for a hugely successful Fairtrade Bazaar.
Organised by the Linlithgow Fairtrade Partnership as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, the Bazaar brought a flavour of the Eastern marketplace to the town.
The hugely popular Tribe West Belly Dancers added a touch of the exotic and a splash of colour to the evening, while the talented combined choir from Springfield and Linlithgow Bridge Primary Schools enthralled the audience with their songs about Fairtrade bananas and hanging their Fairtrade washing on the washing line!
Pamela L’Intelligent had travelled all the way from Mauritius to give her moving story about what a difference working for Craft Aid had made to her.
Although English is only her third language, she spoke fluently and unhesitatingly of her previous work in the clothing industry, whose exploitative practices and exceptionally long hours had resulted in the break up of her marriage.
Helen Mein, chair of the Linlithgow Fairtrade Partnership, said: “I am pleased the Bazaar was such a success.
“I’d like to thank all those who helped with the event, especially Linlithgow Academy Fairtrade Group in setting up, running the raffle and helping to clear up.
“We had outstanding help from Louisa Marshall and Jenny Cudmore, who compered and from Clare and the two Emmas who researched and gave a very clear presentation on shared interest.”