Website trades on fairness

A NEW website has been launched to promote Morpeth Fairtrade.

The Morpeth Fairtrade Town Group has set up the site to raise awareness of its work encouraging ethical and fair trading.

The campaign aims to transform the lives of poor producers in developing countries by enabling them to use their skills and resources to trade their way out of poverty, creating and supporting trading partnerships that provide fair and stable prices and ensure producers are paid a premium.

Morpeth was the first Fairtrade town in Northumberland and the campaign is supported by the town council, shops, cafes, churches, voluntary organisations and schools

However, the town group is keen to increase awareness of the issue among the wider community.

Member Peter Hornett said: “We have a lot of support in Morpeth, which you can see on the website from the number of shops and cafes supporting it and how many Fairtrade products are about.

“People are surprised by it because they are not aware of the town’s Fairtrade group so we are looking to promote it.”

The launch coincides with national Fairtrade Fortnight, which will culminate with a coffee morning in Morpeth Town Hall on Saturday.

Morpeth Mayor Ken Brown will attend the event, which includes refreshments, a cake stall, raffle, tombola and Fairtrade produce. It runs from 10am to 11.30am.

For more information about Fairtrade visit