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.”