Free breakfasts are on offer for Middlesbrough cyclists to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in the town.
Middlesbrough MP Sir Stuart Bell and Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop are dropping in to the Cycle Centre at Middlesbrough Bus Station on Friday morning (March 11).
They will meet a group cycling from Middlesbrough Environment City in The Avenue for a 9am Fairtrade breakfast.
The event is part of Middlesbrough’s activities for Fairtrade Fortnight which finishes on Sunday, March 13.
Throughout the fortnight users of Middlesbrough Cycle Centre have been offered free Fairtrade breakfasts when using the Centre – including fruit juice, fruit and Geobars. The MPs will be attending the final breakfast on Friday.
Middlesbrough became a Fairtrade Town in 2007, entailing a commitment to Fairtrade from Middlesbrough Council and ensuring that there are a given number of retail and catering outlets that stock at least two Fairtrade products.
Currently Middlesbrough has more than 100 retail, catering and community venues where Fairtrade products can be enjoyed.
Other activities included a Fairtrade awareness event in Captain Cook Square on Saturday, March 5, in partnership with Macmillan Academy, and the annual green market in Captain Cook Square on Wednesday, March 9.
This year organisers have also worked closely with Teesside University Students’ Union, who have been running awareness events on campus.
Councillor Julia Rostron, who chairs the Middlesbrough Fairtrade Group, said: “Fairtrade Fortnight is a great opportunity to spread the word about fair trade, and raise awareness of the things people, organisations and consumers can do to advance its goals.
“We all have it in our power to change our community and the wider world for the better through Fair Trade, making it a fairer place for small producers, farmers and artisans.”