Cartoon connection is just bananas

Joyce Evans and Andrea Needham from Sainsbury's gives Doreen Moate of Acacia Road, Doncaster, free bananas as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. Picture: Holly Allen.
Joyce Evans and Andrea Needham from Sainsbury's gives Doreen Moate of Acacia Road, Doncaster, free bananas as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. Picture: Holly Allen.
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MOVING into the same street as a fictional children’s superhero finally paid off for residents on Acacia Road, Cantley, Doncaster.

They were presented with a surprise delivery of free fair trade bananas as part of a supermarket scheme to promote fair trade, which sees a higher portion of cash paid to producers in poor countries.

They were selected for the fruity gifts because Acacia Road is the fictions home of the television and comic superhero Eric Wimp, better known as Bananaman.

Sainsbury’s arranged the giveaway because sales of fair trade are up in their Doncaster stores.

Acacia Road resident Lynn Whitaker who received her free bananas said: “I’m very pleased and it was such a lovely surprise.

“It’s such a nice gesture. I’ve got children who used to watch Bananaman so I knew he lived on Acacia Road. I eat a banana every day with my breakfast so it’s the perfect gift!”

Shaun Dyke, manager of the Doncaster town centre store, said: “We hope the people of Acacia Road got a nice surprise this morning when our Bananamen knocked at their door!

“We want to thank Doncaster shoppers for buying fair trade over the last year. The sales generated make an enormous contribution to people in developing countries – by guaranteeing farmers a minimum price.”