Bury St Edmunds gains Fairtrade status after partnership’s efforts

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A partnership in Bury St Edmunds is celebrating this week after the town was awarded Fairtrade Town status.

For the past year the Bury St Edmunds Fairtrade Partnership has been working hard to collect evidence to support an application to the Fairtrade Foundation for this prestigious title.

The group’s hard work paid off after the town received a commendation from the Foundation for its ‘strong and comprehensive’ application.

Members raised a glass of Fairtrade wine to commemorate the occasion.

Penny Bentley, secretary of the Bury Fairtrade Partnership, said: “This is fantastic news and reflects the great support there is for Fairtrade throughout the town.

“We would like to thank the town council and all the businesses, organisations and individuals who have supported our bid.

“We would especially like to thank Cllr Robert Everitt for his support while he was Mayor and Cllr Julia Wakelam for the grant from her locality budget.”

The partnership believes Fairtrade status will bring benefits to the town, and it is looking forward to continuing to develop awareness and use of Fairtrade goods.

There will be an official celebration of the award at a Fairtrade coffee morning, which will take place at the St John’s Centre, in St John’s Street, on Monday, September 7.

Cllr Patrick Chung, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, will receive the certificate on behalf of the town.