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

Yesterday, 11:00
Noah Ingram with his parents Mark and Hayley.

The family of a young boy who suffers with an extremely rare chromosome disorder is aiming to raise money for the charity which supports him.

Yesterday, 09:46

A man was treated for minor injuries after two cars were involved in a collision just before the Barnby Bends, near Beccles.

Yesterday, 06:30
Bungay Post Office, which is currently based in Earsham Street, is being moved to McColls in St Mary's Street.

Bungay Post Office is set to move to a new location following a six week consultation.

Yesterday, 06:30
2015 CaLM Festival at The White Horse in Chedgrave. Penguins Go Pop performing.

The Chedgrave and Loddon Music festival (CaLM) is the brainchild of Duncan Gooch, Katrina Bowles and Simon Peck, landlord of the pub, who wanted to create a community music event suitable for all the family.

Photo : Steve Adams

CaLM festival welcomed more than 1,000 music lovers at the weekend with performances from local musicians and tribute bands.

Most Read

Yesterday, 06:30
2015 CaLM Festival at The White Horse in Chedgrave. Penguins Go Pop performing.

The Chedgrave and Loddon Music festival (CaLM) is the brainchild of Duncan Gooch, Katrina Bowles and Simon Peck, landlord of the pub, who wanted to create a community music event suitable for all the family.

Photo : Steve Adams

CaLM festival welcomed more than 1,000 music lovers at the weekend with performances from local musicians and tribute bands.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Bungay Post Office, which is currently based in Earsham Street, is being moved to McColls in St Mary's Street.

Bungay Post Office is set to move to a new location following a six week consultation.

Read more
Post Office
Yesterday, 09:46

A man was treated for minor injuries after two cars were involved in a collision just before the Barnby Bends, near Beccles.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Beccles Allotments and Gardens Association working with Beccles U3A to create an allotment for older people with reduced mobility.

After months of fundraising and dedication from volunteers, a project to give older people the chance to grow their own fruit and vegetables has got off the ground in Beccles.

Read more
Monday, November 3, 2008
Tony Clarke - dialect comedian

At work Tony Clarke was a dedicated community newshound who reported on matters that mattered to his patch.

At play, dressed in a smock coat, he had audiences in stitches with dialect comedy from his alter ego the Boy Jimma.

Read more

Most Commented

Yesterday, 06:30
Bungay Post Office, which is currently based in Earsham Street, is being moved to McColls in St Mary's Street.

Bungay Post Office is set to move to a new location following a six week consultation.

Read more
Post Office

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

Digital Edition

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