Linlithgow Academy students set to grill politicians

Linlithgow Academy has previously hosted a fair trade bazaar
Linlithgow Academy has previously hosted a fair trade bazaar

Senior politicians in West Lothian are set to get a grilling live on television – during a mock programme hosted by school pupils.

Breakfast-style television show ‘Wake up to Fairtrade’ at Linlithgow Academy aims to raise awareness of the impact choosing fair trade items can have.

The show will include news items, chat, interviews and film clips about fair trade and will be hosted by two senior pupils at the school.

Representatives from West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government are expected to be questioned on their commitment to fair trade and to speak about their efforts in promoting the cause. A film clip of their interviews is to be shown at the event.

Another feature of the evening will be a smoothie bike on which you can work up a sweat making a smoothie, and then drink the fruits of your labours – and it is, of course, made with fair trade fruit.

Prizes will also be awarded throughout the evening for winning entries to the primary schools competition to design a fair trade placemat.

The event is organised by the Linlithgow Fairtrade Partnership and chairman, Ian Fowell said: “Linlithgow’s annual Fairtrade Fortnight event is always very popular, and this year will be no exception.

“This year we are presenting an exciting programme with a wide range of interesting film clips and news articles. We are inviting people to come along and taste some fair trade foods for themselves and those who already buy fair trade regularly can try out something new and extend the range of foods they enjoy.”

Representatives of all the local fair trade churches, schools, West Lothian Council and some interested individuals are involved with the partnership, which was formed in 2003. Linlithgow became a fair trade town shortly after.

The fair trade mark is recognised as a guarantee that goods have been produced fairly and ethically. The mark now appears on over 4500 products and is a market worth over £1.7 billion in the UK . Across the world, fair trade goods are sold in 125 countries.

‘Wake Up to Fairtrade’ takes place at Linlithgow Academy at 7pm next Friday, February 26, and tickets, priced £5 for adults, including a glass of wine or soft drink, are available from the Fair Tradewinds shop, Far from the Madding Crowd, or at the door. Accompanied schoolchildren will be admitted free of charge.