Celebrating Fairtrade status

The Fairtrade status event held in Carnoustie library on Monday afternoon. Pictured are Angus Provost Helen Oswald, Fairtrade Group with pupils from the three primary schools and Carnoustie High School.

The Fairtrade status event held in Carnoustie library on Monday afternoon. Pictured are Angus Provost Helen Oswald, Fairtrade Group with pupils from the three primary schools and Carnoustie High School.

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CARNOUSTIE celebrated gaining Fairtrade status this week at a civic reception.

On Monday, representatives of various Carnoustie organisations gathered in Carnoustie Library to mark the occasion and to sample a range of Fairtrade and locally grown produce organised by Angus Provost Councillor Helen Oswald.

The town was granted Fairtrade status last year following a campaign by the Carnoustie Fairtrade Group.

Irene Hoar, chair of the Carnoustie Fairtrade Group, was particularly pleased with the timing of the event. She said: “Today Scotland was announced as a Fair Trade Nation, it’s only second to Wales which is great news.”

According to Mrs Hoar, gaining Fairtrade status has actually made maintaining their ethical credentials easier. She explained: “There’s been a very good response since we got Fairtrade status, there’s been at least another half dozen organisations come on board, if not more. It’s been a great boost to us to get that status.

“We’ve got to re-apply every year and we have to increase the number of people supporting it, until of course we reach a point that we can’t increase it any further.”

The Provost added: “I was very pleased when Angus became a Fairtrade Zone. I would not be at all surprised if the success of the Carnoustie Fairtrade Group was the tipping point for this zone status. And I believe the vision of Scotland becoming a Fair Trade Nation became something to be grasped as small burghs like ours took up the Fairtrade Challenge successfully.”

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey: “For somebody who lives in Carnoustie I’m particularly pleased that this reception was on the same day that Scotland has announced it has become a Fair Trade Nation. This is just the start and we’ve now got to build on it and get as many people on board as possible.”