The Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group was formed from members of different groups who had joined together for action during Fairtrade Fortnight 2001. We coordinate Fairtrade activity throughout the year, particularly during Fairtrade Fortnight, and are the public face of Fairtrade in Preston and South Ribble.
Preston was declared a Fairtrade city in June 2004 by the then mayor Councillor Pat Woods. Our bid was supported by local celebrity Sir Tom Finney, who joined us for Fairtrade tea in the mayor’s parlour.
Within the Preston and South Ribble area we aim to increase awareness of Fairtrade and encourage the use of fairly traded products. Fairtrade provides workers with a fair price for their products and decent working conditions. This is one of the most effective ways of fighting poverty in the developing world.
The group, in conjunction with South Ribble Borough council, has worked to gain Fairtrade status for the borough of South Ribble over a number of years. Status was finally gained for the borough in March 2009 and a celebration evening was held in April 2009 at Bamber Bridge Methodist Church.