Events are being held across Bradford to celebrate this year’s Fairtrade fortnight of which the theme is "sit down for breakfast and stand up for farmers.”

The Lord Mayor Coun Joanne Dodds will be opening an event at Keighley and Worth Valley Railway by attaching a large Fairtrade logo to the front of a special Haworth ‘Fair Train’ at Oxenhope station on Saturday 5 March at 10.40am.

Entertainment will include Morris dancers and musicians. The train will return to Keighley at 11am. There will be Fairtrade breakfasts on the train as well as free samples of Fairtrade products.

As part of the Shipley Mother’s Day Market there will be a stall selling Traidcraft items and promoting Fairtrade businesses across the Bradford district. The stall will be at the market from 9am to 5pm on Friday 4 March.

There will also be a “Big Fairtrade Breakfast” at Bradford Cathedral, followed by a service with prayers led by local children on Fairtrade. After the service the Lord Mayor will cut a cake containing Fairtrade ingredients to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bradford being a Fairtrade Zone.

Other Fairtrade events across the district include a “Big Fairtrade Breakfast” and networking event at the M&S Café in the Broadway Shopping Centre on 29 February between 7.30am and 8.30am.

There will be a Fairtrade stall at Baildon Co-op including display of a Fairtrade breakfast on Friday 4 March from 10am to 6pm.

There will be a “Big Fairtrade Breakfast” event with Ilkley Soroptimists at the bandstand in Ilkley from 10am to 2pm on 5 March. There will be live entertainment and a Traidcraft stall with free Fairtrade breakfast including juice, hot chocolate, bananas and pancakes with various Fairtrade toppings.

Ilkley Fairtrade stall will also be at the inaugural Ilkley Real and Fine Food Market off South Hawkesworth Street car park on Sunday 6 March between 10am and 3.30pm.

Coun Adrian Farley, Fairtrade Champion for the Bradford district said: “Ten years ago, in 2006, Bradfordbecame a Fairtrade Zone with the support of the Council.  At the Council meeting on 19 January this year, councillors overwhelmingly agreed that Bradford should renew the commitment to use Fairtrade products wherever possible.”

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Joanne Dodds said: “I am really happy to be supporting Fairtrade. I’m looking forward to the different events across the district that are taking place to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, especially the event at the legendary Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.”

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