Banana growers in moving speech in Keighley

Keighley News: Michelle Grimshaw, from the Co-op in Bingley; Keighley Mayor Councillor Sally Walker; Aimeth Fernandez, Asobanar Banana Growers Co-operative manager, Colombia; Richard Dillon, Co-op Group elected member; Caron Metcalfe, Co-op manager at Bingley, and Steph Michelle Grimshaw, from the Co-op in Bingley; Keighley Mayor Councillor Sally Walker; Aimeth Fernandez, Asobanar Banana Growers Co-operative manager, Colombia; Richard Dillon, Co-op Group elected member; Caron Metcalfe, Co-op manager at Bingley, and Steph

A manager of a Colombian banana growers co-operative gave a moving presentation at a Fairtrade event in Keighley on Saturday.

Aimeth Fernandez spoke about the devastating impact ‘banana wars’ are having on the livelihood of hard-working farmers.

“She explained that by choosing Fairtrade, Keighley people can significantly improve the wellbeing of farmers’ families and their communities,” said Richard Dillon, an elected member of the Co-operative Group, which staged the event with Fairtrade Keighley.

The evening, at Central Hall in Alice Street, also featured tasting of Fairtrade wines from Argentina.

It was held to mark Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until Sunday, and follows last year’s awarding of Fairtrade Town status to Keighley.

Groups and businesses in Haworth are also celebrating the fortnight.

This weekend, Haworth Old Hall will be donating £1 per head for each one of its set menus ordered to a scheme called Toilet Twinning, which is designed to bring more clean water and safe sanitation to people in developing countries.

People interested in dining out for a good cause are asked to book in advance by calling Haworth Old Hall on (01535) 642709.

The Bronte Weaving Shed in North Street is holding a ‘Tropical Party’ on Saturday. Staff will dress up in bananas to promote the ethical sale of the fruit, and Fairtrade goods will be available to buy.

Main Street trader Rita Verity, of Haworth’s Fairtrade group, thanked the businesses supporting the fortnight. She added Garstang resident Bruce Crowther, who founded the Fairtrade towns campaign, has been invited to visit Haworth this weekend.

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