Harry Hill came to town last week with a new stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe and the surprise of an exhibition of ‘secret’ paintings produced over the past 20 years. But in a busy programme the BAFTA-award winning comedian and Fair Trade supporter took advantage of being in the Scottish capital to express his support for Scotland’s Fair Trade Nation campaign.
‘I’ve been a supporter of Fair Trade for more than ten years and have visited Fairtrade peanut farmers in Malawi as well as Fairtrade banana and cocoa farmers in Ghana,’ he said. ‘I've seen how Fair Trade works and how easy it is to help change people's lives just by choosing products which carry the Fairtrade mark when we shop.’
Harry tried roasted peanuts on a visit to Malawi in 2008 with his brother, an organic farmer. He was sufficiently impressed to team up on his return with the Fair Trade company, Liberation Foods, to make Malawian peanuts available in the UK.
‘I decided to do my bit by setting up a Fairtrade nutty snacks range 'Harry's Nuts!' - I don't make any money from this - and it’s great to hear about all initiatives in Scotland which will help make Scotland one of the first Fair Trade nations.
'Good luck to everyone in Scotland flying the Fair Trade flag!’