A step further towards Kirrie becoming a Fairtrade town

KIRRIEMUIR has taken another step towards becoming the next town in Angus to become Fairtrade.

At a meeting last Wednesday, a group was formed to take the process further along the road to completion.

Members of the group comprise representatives from the Church, schools and community and they will next meet to November 21.

The local authority have been championing the Fairtrade cause for almost a decade and a number of towns are already playing their part.

Forfar, Brechin, Carnoustie, Arbroath and Montrose are all Fairtrade towns.

Montrose became the first Fairtrade town in 2008 and Montrose Academy the first Fairtrade secondary school in the Angus area.

It was their success that encouraged the other four burghs and countless schools to work towards achieving Fairtrade status.

Places of worship also play an important part and in some towns this is where the coordinated effort arises.

A vast range of exciting events have taken place and communities in Angus have been able to hear first hand from producers from countries such as Palestine and Malawi of the positive affect buying Fairtrade in Scotland can make to communities around the world.

Local people can do their bit to help Fairtrade by ensuring they buy specially labelled Fairtrade produce.

All Fairtrade products have a minimum price which must be met so that the producer gets their fair share of the profits.

For more information about Fairtrade please visit angus.gov.uk/sustainability/fairtrade