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County Council Backs Fairtrade


News: County Council Backs Fairtrade

Tuesday, 16th March 2004
(PR 1180)

Lancashire County Council showed its support for the 10th Anniversary of Fairtrade when the Vice-Chairman of the County Council Nora Ward joined cyclists on a tandem for the last stage of their journey to Garstang.

The cyclists, who travelled to Lancashire from across the country, were welcomed to County Hall in Preston by the Chairman of the County Council Vali Patel and Vice-Chairman Nora Ward.

The stop-off was the last stage of a cycle ride to Garstang to celebrate 'Fairftrade Fortnight' in the world's first Fairtrade Town.

The cyclists from Cambridge, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent and Bolton were taking part in the 'Spokes of the Wheel' Fairtrade cycle ride as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Chairman of the County Council Vali Patel said:

"Since November 2001, when Garstang was declared the world's first Fairtrade Town, the number of Fairtrade products available in the county and its profile has undoubtedly increased.

"We're very proud that Lancaster has recently achieved Fairtrade status. We strongly support the scheme and are working towards making Lancashire the first 'Fairtrade County'."

Vice-Chairman Nora Ward said:

"I'm very passionate about cycling and very concerned about equality and Fairtrade so when I heard the Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group were bringing these two things together I knew I had to get involved."

For further details of the Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group please contact Anne Garsed on 01772 717376 or 07813 870641 or email fairpreston@btinternet.com

Notes for Editors

The attached photograph shows the Chairman of the County Council Vali Patel with Fairtrade cyclists.

For further information please contact: Stephen Axon on 01772 533194




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