Region backing Fairtrade goods

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ROTHERHAM Council has backed an initiative to encourage Fairtrade produce.

Yorkshire has been declared the UK’s first Fairtrade Region, with support of bishops, sports stars, schools, universities, MEPs, councils and artists including poet Ian McMillan, the Bard of Barnsley.

Support also came from MPs, who tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament supporting the campaign.

Coun Ken Wyatt, of Rotherham Council, said: “Becoming the first certified Fairtrade Region is a fantastic achievement.

“Everyone who’s bought, sold or supported Fairtrade anywhere in Yorkshire has contributed to this – the support really has been amazing, from Holmfirth to Hull, Sheffield to Scarborough. It just shows how caring Yorkshire folk are.”