Bexhill is celebrating after securing Fair Trade Town status for the next two years.
Jack Doherty, chairman of Bexhill Fairtrade Committee, said: “This is a great credit to many aspects of life in Bexhill.
“More cafes are serving more fairly traded products. More schools and places of worship have been, or are, working towards achieving FairAware status for themselves and some have exciting projects planned for the coming year.”
The local group marked the achievement with a celebration at Coffee In Style on Terminus Road, one of many local businesses who have committed to using and selling Fairtrade products.
Coffee shop owners, Diane Le Lievre and Natalie Fulljames hosted the event and received their Fairtrade certificate from Bexhill MP Huw Merriman and Jack Doherty.
Huw said “The Bexhill Fairtrade Committee work tirelessly to promote Fairtrade in the town.
“It is now eight years since Bexhill first achieved Fairtrade status which is a great achievement. It shows that local residents and businesses really care about the working conditions of people in developing countries.
“They know that choosing Fairtrade helps to secure a better and more sustainable future for the suppliers and their children.
“I’m proud that local people choose to support family-run businesses like Coffee In Style because they supply and use Fairtrade products. It helps that the coffee and cakes are really delicious too.”
Jack Doherty said: “A growing number of businesses are using Fairtrade tea and coffee to enhance their daily breaks.
“ Some youth organisations such as Brownies and Scouts are using Fairtrade awareness exercises.
“Local media are promoting the message while Rother District Council and many councillors use and advocate support for Fairtrade.
“In many surveys, local people want more Fairtrade products in our retails outlets. Co-op and Sainsbury are 100% Fairtrade banana shops. The De La Warr Pavilion added Fairtrade wine to their list in the past few months.
“The achievement is tinged with sadness as one of founder members of the Fairtrade Town committee and tireless worker, Denis Lucey, has just passed away. We would like to dedicate this achievement to Denis’ memory and the wonderful support of his wife Christina.”
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