WARRINGTON continues to be a Fairtrade Borough for another three years.

The town’s Fairtrade status has been renewed thanks to strong community support, having maintained its title for 17 successive years.

Warrington Fairtrade Steering Group applied for a new certificate, which was awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation, in recognition of the continuous support of many sections of the community, across the town.

Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Steve Wright, said: “Fairtrade has an important part to play in making our world fairer. It enables farmers in developing countries to have a stable income and gives them with the opportunity to trade their way out of poverty.”

The community is committed to maintaining a Fairtrade status but can only do so due to the hard work of the Steering Group and Fairtrade Champions who promote Fairtrade, he went on to say.

He added: “This includes the promotion of the wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets, along with high levels of support from local people, businesses, faith groups and schools.

“You can help us build on the good work done so far by getting involved with the work of the steering group and by buying products that carry the Fairtrade Mark. Together, we can continue to support producers in developing countries.”

One of the steering group's main aims is to raise awareness of the huge difference we can all make to the living standards of producers in developing countries, simply by regularly buying goods that carry the Fairtrade Mark.

If you are interested in joining the Steering Group to help promote Fairtrade across the borough visit Fairtrade or email cabethbatey@hotmail.com  for more information.