Campaigners celebrate Fairtrade anniversary

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CAMPAIGNERS will party at a Portsmouth cafe tomorrow to mark the 10th anniversary of becoming a Fairtrade city.

The event will take place at the University of Portsmouth’s cafe Coco in Cambridge Road.

Christine McMillan who started the local Fairtrade group back in 2002, said: ‘We had to persuade lots of shops, cafés and community groups to sell Fairtrade products and we had to get support from Portsmouth city. That was actually quite easy as they were convinced by the arguments that buying products with the Fairtrade mark really makes a difference to some of the poorest people in the world.’

Portsmouth was among the first Fairtrade cities. Since then, Portsmouth University and both Anglican and Catholic dioceses and many other faith groups have switched to Fairtrade products.

Several schools in the city are Fairtrade.

Fareham, Gosport and Havant are also Fairtrade boroughs.