Towerbank Primary School hosted an eventful afternoon of festivities on Friday 14 December 2012 to celebrate Portobello’s newly achieved Fairtrade Town status.
The event was attended by parents and community members. Councillor Maureen Child for Portobello/Craigmillar officially awarded the Fairtrade Town certificate to Jim Baird, of the Just World Shop on Portobello High Street, who runs the Portobello Fairtrade Town group. Ms Child spoke positively of the achievement and how proud Portobello should be to be awarded Fairtrade Town status.
The children put on a play about Fair Trade and visitors were serenaded by a choir of young people, who sang a number of old familiar Christmas tunes. Celebrants were also able to get some Christmas shopping done at the many Fair Trade stalls that were set up to join in with the celebration. Scotmid brought the infamous Smoothie Bike, with many taking advantage of some exercise before indulging in a smoothie made by the power of their pedalling. One of the Forum’s volunteers won Equal Exchange’s ‘Guess how many coffee beans in the jar’ competition and was rewarded with a box of delicious truffles for his effort.
“Congratulations to everyone involved with the Portobello Fairtrade Town group for this wonderful achievement. This is another step forward for Scotland in its bid to be declared a Fair Trade Nation, and it will help producers in developing countries to get a fairer deal,” said Helen Rothwell, Fairtrade Towns Development Officer from the Scottish Fair Trade Forum.