Chorley joins South Ribble in support for fairtrade

Members of Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group
Members of Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group

Chorley’s new status as a fairtrade town comes six years after South Ribble achieved the same title.

Preston And South Ribble Fairtrade Group, along with South Ribble Council, worked for a number of years to gain the status and it was awarded in 2009.

Now fairtrade products are available in shops and cafes around the borough and members of the group regularly man fairtrade stalls, give talks in schools and run competitions for schoolchildren.

And activities step up during Fairtrade Fortnight, when members encourage shoppers and business owners to support fairtrade.

John Wareing, the group’s secretary, said: “I think it’s getting towards being mainstream. People understand what it’s about and a lot of people are happy to support it.

“There are sometimes issues with fairtrade products costing more, but that doesn’t apply to all of them. Quite a lot of supermarkets just sell fairtrade bananas now. There is still some work to do and some people to persuade that it’s a good thing to do.”

And Lancashire became a fairtrade county earlier this year, making it only the ninth county in the UK to gain the accreditation.

The county council passed a resolution in 2013 to only use fairtrade tea and coffee at its meetings.

At a celebration event earlier this year, Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “Garstang was the first fairtrade town in 2001. Since then many towns, cities, districts and organisations have now gained accreditation and we’re delighted Lancashire has been added to this list.”