York Celebrates 20 years as a Fairtrade City

On 14th March a civic event was held at York’s historic Mansion House to mark 20 years of Fairtrade status.

The Lord Mayor of York, the Sheriff of York and York Central MP, Rachael Maskell were all in attendance.

York Fairtrade supporters: Clive, Moira, Charlie and Ivana

There were keynote speeches from two academics – Professor Bob Docherty from the University of York and Dr Mark Dawson from York St John University.

Bob spoke about the history of Fairtrade and Mark looked back over the 20 years of Fairtrade in York. Tribute was paid to the many people who have contributed to gaining and then maintaining York’s status, including Moira and Charlie from Fairer World, who received a spontaneous round of applause.

York’s first Fairtrade Councillor, Andrew Waller, the Sheriff of York and the Sheriff’s Consort

Mark Dawson commented ‘It is time to be proud of our city’s tradition in fighting for social justice, it is time to be proud of the Fairtrade movement and now is the time to be proud of York Fairtrade City. Here’s to the next 20 years.’

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