Mark­ing a decade of Fair­trade

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE’S first Fair­trade town cel­e­brated its 10th an­niver­sary of sup­port­ing the cause at the week­end.

Che­sham4Fair­trade held a ‘won­der­fully suc­cess­ful’ 10th An­niver­sary event in Mar­ket Square on Satur­day.

It was an op­por­tu­nity for C h e s h a m 4 Fa i r t r a d e ’s chair­man Colin Cartwright to thank all the res­i­dents, busi­nesses and Che­sham Town Coun­cil for their sup­port, which has en­abled Che­sham to not only be the first Fair­trade town in Bucks, but to main­tain that sta­tus for a decade.

Lo­cal folk singer Ge­orge

OYEZ OYEZ: Che­sham4Fair­trade’s cel­e­bra­tion is rung in by Town Crier Jane Dodd

CAM­PAIGN SONG: Che­sham’s his­toric anti-slav­ery cam­paigner Ly­dia Hardy (aka Judy Bai­ley) with Lou’s Sex­tet in Mar­ket Square Pa­pavgeris started pro­ceed­ings by singing his trib­ute to Che­sham’s his­toric anti-slav­ery cam­paigner Ly­dia Hardy.

Ly­dia her­self was present in the form of Judy Bai­ley, from Che­sham, who was dressed as Ly­dia in an 18th Cen­tury cos­tume cre­ated by Che­sham seam­stress, Clem Short.

‘Ly­dia’,

who

was es­pe­cially pop­u­lar with chil­dren, handed out leaflets to ex­plain how the real Ly­dia, and many other Che­sham peo­ple, boy­cotted sugar pro­duced by the slave trade in the West Indies.

Ms Bai­ley then went on to help Che­sham’s mayor Peter Hud­son cut the Fair­trade birth­day cake, baked by vol­un­teer Carol Maguire.

Passersby joined in and sat out in Mar­ket Square in the sun­shine, en­joy­ing a slice of birth­day cake with a pot of Fair­trade tea pro­vided by Brazil’s Cafe, while lis­ten­ing to the mu­sic of Lou’s Sex­tet.

Helpers from Che­sham Mu­seum ran an ac­tiv­ity for chil­dren of all ages to make a birth­day card for Che­sham.

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