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Devizes MP backs Fairtrade venture
3:00pm Saturday 23rd March 2013 in News
Devizes MP Claire Perry and mayor Kelvin Nash officially opened the Fairtrade and local produce fair in the Corn Exchange.
Mrs Perry spoke about how she had seen what a difference Fairtrade made to people struggling to make a living in the Gambia, which she visited recently.
Around 250 people came to the fair, many drawn in by the playing of Devizes Town Band in the foyer. They were able to buy things such as craft products from Zimbabwe and jewellery from Mexico as well as products made locally by Self Unlimited.
Fairtrade wine was offered for tasting along with other Fairtrade food by the Co-operative Group, sponsors of the fair, and Wadworth beer could be sampled. Fairtrade and homemade cakes and soup were provided, along with Fairtrade coffee, tea and orange juice. When Mr Nash had finished playing in the band he presented the first prize in the Fairtrade sculpture competition to Hannah Gray for her mobile made using packaging from Fairtrade products.
The prize of Fairtrade goodies was donated by Sainsbury’s Devizes store including a Fairtrade Easter egg. Second and third places were awarded to Nursteed School pupils.