WARRINGTON Wolves have helped kick off a fortnight’s worth of activity to celebrate Fairtrade.

The town, which is known as a Fairtrade borough for its commitment to the cause, will host a number of events over the next two weeks.

Jackie Hancock, chairman of the Fairtrade steering group in Warrington, said: “Fairtrade Fortnight is a fantastic opportunity for residents to get inspired about Fairtrade and the difference buying everyday Fairtrade items can make.

“We are very proud of the borough’s Fairtrade status and urge everyone to come together to make this the best Fairtrade Fortnight yet!”

Highlights include decorating Warrington Museum with bunting this weekend and a variety of events at Golden Square such as ‘flash mob’ fashion, face painting and an attempt to break a bunting world record.

Meanwhile, a signed Fairtrade Wolves rugby ball will be raffled off in the shopping centre.

Also next Saturday, March 12, match-quality Fairtrade rugby balls will be on sale at the Fairtrade Market in the events hall of Warrington Market. The producers will already have received a fair wage, good working conditions and a Fairtrade premium.

And on Thursday farmers from Ghana will be in some of the town’s schools to spread the message.

They grow cocoa and work in a co-operative in the African nation to produce Divine Fairtrade chocolate bars – also available at Warrington Market.

l See next Thursday’s Warrington Guardian for the all the latest on Fairtrade fortnight, which finishes with more events taking place in the town centre next Saturday, March 12.