From mouth-watering restaurant menus to taste tests and coffee mornings, Blackpool showed its support for Fairtrade Fortnight.
And now campaigners who are striving to make the resort a Fairtrade town are encouraging more people to get on board.
Schools, libraries, churches and businesses put on a range of activities, which were co-ordinated by Blackpool’s Fairness Commission and will help the town as it applies for Fairtrade status.
Blackpool and The Fylde College’s student restaurant, Level 6, based at the Bispham campus, served up a Fairtrade only menu to members of the public, including locally sourced food such as lamb, chicken and salmon, as well as Fairtrade products from around the world such as bananas and ginger. The campus also held a Fairtrade bake sale.
Sainsbury’s, at Bickerstaffe Square, Blackpool, held taste tests throughout the fortnight, for people to taste the difference of Fairtrade foods while All Saints, St Paul’s, Holy Trinity and Anchorsholme Methodist churches held Fairtrade tea and coffee mornings and Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s restaurant sold Fairtrade products.
Coun Martin Mitchell, who campaigned for Blackpool to become a Fairtrade town, is looking for more organisations to get on board.
He said: “We know some businesses in Blackpool are already in support of Fairtrade and we are looking for more of them to get on board in helping us to become a Fairtrade town and make Blackpool a fairer place to live and work.”
On behalf of Blackpool Fairness Commission, Ian Collins, manager of Sainsbury’s, Blackpool, said: “There’s a community spirit around making Blackpool a Fairtrade town.
“We’ve got churches, businesses and schools all involved and there is a real determination to promote Fairtrade products across the town.”
Fairtrade Fortnight, which promotes better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers, ran until March 8.
Blackpool’s first Fairtrade school – St Mary’s Catholic Academy – has been supporting Fairtrade since 2007.
Fairtrade was promoted within the school on St Walburga’s Road, Layton, with special lessons, a quiz, making Fairtrade peppermint creams and selling Fairtrade tea during the two-week period.
The school’s Fairtrade co-ordinator, Dave Gibson, said: “We are very proud of our school’s status, and the very hard work that goes into running of our Re-generation group. They are a great credit to the academy.”