Fairtrade drive is a fortnight of fun

Fair Fashion - Models wearing Fairtrade clothes are pictured before the Fairtrade Fashion Show at the Joseph Whitworth Institute in Darely Dale.
Fair Fashion - Models wearing Fairtrade clothes are pictured before the Fairtrade Fashion Show at the Joseph Whitworth Institute in Darely Dale.
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A fortnight of Fairtrade fun will be drawing to a close on Sunday.

Campaigners across the Dales have been marking the annual event with a array of ethical activities.

A Fair Cop - Drummond McIntyre, five, of Matlock and his brother Blane, four, have their Fairtrade bananas checked by Sherlock Holmes, aka Grayden Daniels, at the Matlock Fairtrade event.

A Fair Cop - Drummond McIntyre, five, of Matlock and his brother Blane, four, have their Fairtrade bananas checked by Sherlock Holmes, aka Grayden Daniels, at the Matlock Fairtrade event.

The biggest Fairtrade campaign of the year has been focusing on cotton and encouraging shoppers to ‘show off their labels’ by buying Fairtarde certified clothes, giving farmers in India and West Africa a better deal.

Matlock marked the event on Saturday with a famous fictional detective searching for ethical labels across the town.

Grayden Daniels, of the Matlock group, donned his Sherlock Holmes disguise and magnifying glass to highlight the ethical mark and encourage shoppers to buy fairly traded goods.

A national record-breaking attempt to create the world’s largest and fairest string of bunting has also been taking place across the area.

Caitlin Swan, eight, of Wirksworth and her sisters Lily, two, and Jessica, four, design their banners for the world record breaking attempt for the longest Fairtrade bunting at the Wirksworth Fairtrade day.

Caitlin Swan, eight, of Wirksworth and her sisters Lily, two, and Jessica, four, design their banners for the world record breaking attempt for the longest Fairtrade bunting at the Wirksworth Fairtrade day.

On Saturday the community of Wirksworth set itself a challenge to decorate over 400 triangles of Fairtrade cotton bunting at the town’s farmers market.

Jo Hasbury of the Wirksworth group said: “It was really busy and it is safe to say we have easily hit our target of 400.”

She added: “I think every year has a different dimension but the bunting making this year has been really interactive and has involved the whole community.”

Darley Dale residents have also been doing their bit to celebrate the campaign.

On Friday a Fairtrade fashion show took place at the Whitworth Centre with clothes on show from Equatorial, of Matlock Bath, Lady Fair of Matlock and Bakewell, Epona Clothing and Fairtrade Tee-shirts from Sainsbury’s.

The Co-opettive also supported the event and the products were modelled by a team of around 15 Guides, from the town.

Ingrid Pasteur, of Matlock and Darley Dale Fairtrade Group, said: “It went much better than expected. Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves and the clothes were very popular.”

On Saturday Fairtrade craft activities will be taking place in the Whitworth Centre. The event costs £2 and will see youngsters aged seven to 14, making Fairtrade bracelets and sweets.