FAIRTRADE Fortnight has been hailed a major success after another varied programme of activity in and around Melrose.

It was run by the Melrose and District Fairtrade Group in an attempt to get people thinking about where products come from.

During the event, the group teamed up with the Border Telegraph to kick off the promotion with a fantastic football competition. 

And the two lucky winners were presented with their prizes, by Hazel Laidlaw from Country Kitchen Deli at the Fairtrade cafe in the Ormiston rooms.

The organisation was also involved with the Greener Borders series of winter talks and invited Stow farm owner Nigel Miller to give a presentation. Local MP Calum Kerr, also attended.

The final opportunity of the two week period, was to attend and support the showing of the climate change film ‘Do the math’, at MacArts in Galashiels where there was also an opportunity to purchase Traidcraft goods and sample Fairtrade refreshments.

And organisers are delighted with how it all went.
Dave Potts, the Melrose and District Fairtrade Group’s secretary, told the Border Telegraph: “This has been a very successful Fairtrade Fortnight and we would like to thank all those people, both local and visitors, who have supported our activities during the two week period. 

“For those who have discovered Fairtrade products for the first time and those who are long-time supporters, you are safe in the knowledge that your purchases have supported a fairer and more just system of trade and that farmers and producers in developing countries and their communities are the beneficiaries.”