Fairtrade is the name of the game

Mary Reid (right) and Andy Ashcroft with the winners of the doubles competition, Tyson McCagh and Andrew Fair.
Mary Reid (right) and Andy Ashcroft with the winners of the doubles competition, Tyson McCagh and Andrew Fair.

Fairtrade took centre stage at Arbroath Academy house assemblies last week when information and promotion of its products was undertaken.

The first speaker was Ms Milne of the history department, then the Rev. Martin Fair of St Andrew’s Church.

They were followed by Mary Reid, Arbroath Fairtrade Action Group, and finally pupils from the Academy’s Pupil Steering Group.

In addition, there was a Fairtrade tuck shop in the school which was supported by the pupils.

On Monday, a Fairtrade badminton doubles competition was held in Arbroath Academy. There were 10 groups and the winning duo received their medal and trophy from Mary Reid Arbroath Fairtrade Action Group.

The winning duo was Tyson McCagh and Andrew Fair. The pupils received a Fairtrade biscuit after their hard work on the court. It was a fun lunchtime organised and supervised by Mr Hare. Everyone enjoyed the competition and Andy Ashcroft of Koolskools came along to see the pupils in action.

Andy then went on to the hall to talk to first and second year pupils about school clothing that is made from Fairtrade cotton. He talked about how the cotton was grown and how the farmers were certified by Fairtrade.

It was good to see two churches hold Fairtrade events. Knox’s Church had a Fairtrade coffee afternoon on Friday and St Vigeans Church held a Fairtrade afternoon on the Saturday.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the town’s Fairtrade coffee morning will take place at St Andrew’s Church hall. There will be Fairtrade baking and Fairtrade bananas and other Fairtrade products on sale. Arbroath’s Fairtrade pull up banner has arrived and it will be on show at the coffee morning.

Mary Reid said that she was delighted with the support she had received from different organisations and how Arbroath as a Fairtrade town had held a fantastic number of events during the fortnight.