A fair trade and local produce market will be held on Saturday, March 6 as part of celebrations for Fairtrade Fortnight.
Fairtrade Fortnight, which is held between February 22 and March 7, is this year asking for people to swap their usual products for fair trade goods.
Shoppers are welcome to visit the market from 10am until 4pm, being held in the Festival Hall, Bolton Town Hall.
The Mayor of Bolton Councillor Norman Critchley and Mayoress of Bolton Delyse Critchley will officially open the market at 11am. They will be led up the town hall steps by a Chinese lion and drummers from local restaurant, The Chinese Buffet, together with representatives from Bolton’s faith groups.
Visitors will have much to choose from with over 30 stalls selling fair trade clothing, handicrafts, jewellery, tea, coffee, chocolate and candy floss. There will also be a selection of locally produced soaps, butter, cakes, biscuits, organic meat, fruit and vegetables on offer.
In addition local chef Mike Harrison will be cooking up dishes using fair trade produce at 11.20am and 1.30pm.
Other activities taking place include puppet performances, cake decoration, face painting and a chance to win a large fair trade hamper.
Entertainment will be provided by Smithills Senior Brass Quintet, the clarinet quintet from Bolton Music Service, The Earthquakers and the Toll Bar Band.
The Mayor of Bolton Councillor Norman Critchley said: “As patron of fair trade in Bolton I feel that all events marking Fairtrade Fortnight are a great way to continue raising awareness about fair trade and getting more and more people on board. The fair trade coffee morning we held last week was successful and I hope many will turn out to back this event too.”
Bolton Fairtrade co-ordinator Jim Hollyman added: “The fair trade and local produce market promises to be a great fun day for all ages, as well as offering Bolton residents the opportunity to change some of their usual buying habits and swap to fair trade and locally produced products. It’s all about shopping with a good conscience and knowing that the producers have not been exploited.”
Access will be via the town hall steps or through the main entrance opposite Whittakers.