Friday, February 29, 2008

The Fairtrade Bus rolls into town

Today, almost half way through Fairtrade Fortnight, the Fairtrade bus travelled through Teesside heading for Sunderland. Middlesbrough Fairtrade group chairman, Bob King, had persuaded the organisers that there was enough time to stop and have photos taken near the Transporter Bridge and I'd arranged for the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Stockton to be there. A few delays and some hair-raising driving later and we were all assembled in the wind and cold for photos. The only person missing was the local press photographer! We duly took photos for our own use and to send on to the Fairtrade Foundation, and headed back to our cars. Stockton's mayoral car had gone, I was about to follow when who should race down the road but said photographer. So photos in the Gazette will be minus half of the "Chain Gang" sadly. Still, at least the Fairtrade Bus should get its picture in the paper.
I also discovered that the piece about our farmer visiting had been in yesterday, but still said banana producer and was very small. I just hope we get a good turnout.
For those who haven't read the earlier entries - Fairtrade cashew nut farmer, Queens Campus of Durham Uni at Stockton, 7.30pm on Monday. Hope to see you there - free coffee and biscuits, free admission, Fairtrade goods on sale. What are you waiting for?

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