Matlock plays its part in Fairtrade

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MATLOCK’S fair trade status has been renewed once again – proving that the town is doing its bit for the global community.

Thanks to the hard work of Matlock Fair Trade Group – who have tirelessly promoted the cause – the town received a certificate which officially marked the status.

To celebrate the occasion, members of the partnership headed along to the town council meeting on Monday, October 1, to present Mayor Peter Wildgoose with the certificate.

However, there were further treats for those in attendance as Barbara Daniels, of Matlock Fair Trade Partnership, brought along some home-cooked muffins made from Fairtrade ingredients.

Barbara said: “We were awarded the fair trade status in February 2005 and we had to renew it after three years, then every two years after that – so you can never sit on you laurels.”

The group must demonstrate that they have council support, that businesses and organisations are involved, that there are a range of Fairtrade products available in the town and that they receive media coverage to support the campaign.

Barbara said: “For the future we are looking to work more closely with other Fairtrade towns. Ashbourne, Bakewell, Darley Dale and Wirksworth all have the Fairtrade status so hopefully we can team up to make an even bigger impact.”

For more information visit http://step.fairtrade.org.uk/