Chocs away at stall for fairtrade

Roaring trade...Volunteers at the Fairtrade awareness event on Market Hill.

Roaring trade...Volunteers at the Fairtrade awareness event on Market Hill.

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AN initiative to encourage Sudbury’s shoppers to buy fairly-traded goods was held in the town on Saturday ... with the offer of free chocolate going down well.

The Rev John Boardman, from St John’s Methodist Church, joined other members of the Sudbury Fairtrade Committee to stage the event on Market Hill during Fairtrade Fortnight – a national campaign about fair prices for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Sudbury Co-operative donated £50 towards Fairtrade chocolate, which was given out to passing shoppers.

A campaign to get Fairtrade status for Sudbury is well under way, with nearly all of the five areas needed to achieve the status already fulfilled.

Mr Boardman said: “We are trying to make some progress towards achieving this for Sudbury and hope to be able to succeed towards the end of the year.

“We have formed a group and the town council agrees with the concept of a Fairtrade town and supports it.”