Search

Lowestoft and Beccles lead the way in Fairtrade campaign

14:28 24 February 2012

Launch of fairtrade fortnight for Waveney. Lowestoft mayor Todd Sullivan (right) and Beccles Mayor Brian Taylor having a fairtrade coffee.  Picture: Nick Butcher

Launch of fairtrade fortnight for Waveney. Lowestoft mayor Todd Sullivan (right) and Beccles Mayor Brian Taylor having a fairtrade coffee. Picture: Nick Butcher

© Archant 2012

Let’s all take a step together to help farmers and workers in developing countries.

That was the cry from Lowestoft mayor Tod Sullivan and Beccles mayor Brian Woodruff as they urged people to support Fairtrade Fortnight.

The theme for this year’s campaign – which starts on Monday – is for people to take One Step for Fairtrade, by buying new Fairtrade products or organising their own events.

Mr Sullivan and Waveney District Council launched their own One Step support plea at the Martello Coffee House in the Sparrow’s Nest gardens on Tuesday.

He said: “It is very easy to take one step for Fairtrade and Lowestoft is proud to support the principles of fair wages for farmers and producers.”

Buying and selling Fairtrade goods produced in developing countries offers farmers and workers a better chance to work their way out of poverty, through fairer wages, safer conditions at work and the Fairtrade premium, which allows them to invest in projects that can improve life for their communities.

In 2004, Lowestoft blazed a trail by becoming Suffolk’s first Fairtrade Town. Beccles followed suit in 2008.

On Tuesday, Mr Sullivan was joined at the local campaign launch by Mr Woodruff; Waveney District Council leader Colin Law; Fairtrade ambassador and district councillor for Beccles Graham Elliott; and representatives from the two towns’ Fairtrade committees.

For more on the Fairtrade Fortnight One Step campaign, visit www.step.fairtrade.org.uk.

0 comments

Other news

06:30
Britten court care home, Lowestoft is nearly complete.

Families with relatives at The Dell care home in Beccles have spoken of their concern after plans to move them to a new purpose-built care home in Lowestoft were put on hold.

15:43
Southwold beach on another warm sunny day in October.
Iona (left) and Isobel Jenkins enjoying the beach.

It has felt more like the height of summer than the end of October today, as unseasonably high temperatures smashed the record for the warmest Halloween in Britain.

06:30
Benji Howell (pictured left) with protestors against the Barsham turbine at the public enquiry last October.

A north Suffolk man is awaiting the decision of one of the country’s top judges after taking a controversial wind turbine application to the High Court.

Bungay Town recorder Frank Honeywood is retiring.

Photo: Nick Butcher
Copy: Daniel Haynes
For:  BBJ
Archant © 2009
(01603) 772434

Glowing tributes were paid this week to Bungay’s former Town Recorder Frank Honeywood, “a Bungay man through and through,” who died last Wednesday.

Most Read

Yesterday, 14:34
Suffolk Police resolve Beccles theft with community resolution

A woman who stole a bag from outside a charity shop in Beccles is being dealt with by way of a community resolution.

Read more
06:30
Benji Howell (pictured left) with protestors against the Barsham turbine at the public enquiry last October.

A north Suffolk man is awaiting the decision of one of the country’s top judges after taking a controversial wind turbine application to the High Court.

Read more
Tue, 10:35
Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash on the M11.

A woman from the Beccles area remains in a serious condition following a crash on the M11.

Read more
06:30
Britten court care home, Lowestoft is nearly complete.

Families with relatives at The Dell care home in Beccles have spoken of their concern after plans to move them to a new purpose-built care home in Lowestoft were put on hold.

Read more
07:30
MOTH Crafts, which has just opened in Bungay.

Less than four months after dreaming up the idea, two Bungay crafters have opened up their own shop selling handmade jewellery and ceramics.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 15°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Beccles and Bungay Journal e-edition today E-edition