THE GROUP which has worked hard to help Arbroath achieve Fairtrade status have been praised by local politicians.
It was reported last week that the Arbroath Fairtrade Action Group received the news that the town is being officially recognised by Fairtrade.
This followed months of work encouraging businesses and shops to take a Fairtrade pledge.
And Angus MP Mike Weir, himself a Fairtrade supporter, was delighted to hear the news.
He said: “The Arbroath Fairtrade Action Group has done a fantastic job in achieving Fairtrade status for the town so quickly.
“They have run a superb dedicated campaign that won the support of many individuals and businesses in the town.
“The continuing advance of the Fairtrade idea in these difficult economic times shows how it is taking root in lives and shopping habits of so many people who recognise purchasing Fairtrade goods can give real help to producers to help themselves and their communities.”
While Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South added: “I am delighted that Arbroath has been granted Fairtrade status, and I congratulate the Fairtrade Action Group for all their hard work to achieve this.
“It is a welcome recognition of the town’s efforts to back Fairtrade.”
However the hard work is not over for the group as they spent Saturday at Arbroath’s Relay for Life serving Fairtrade tea and coffee to cancer survivors.
And tonight (Friday) at 7.30 p.m., St Thomas Church in Dishlandtown Street will be holding a Fairtrade wine tasting evening.
Member of the Action Group Linda McDonald said: “We’ll be raising our glasses in congratulation to all the people who have helped Arbroath to achieve Fairtrade Town accreditation this month.”
Tickets are £4 and are available from the Card Shop in Keptie Street or from Mary Reid via St Andrew’s Church office on 431135.