A new exhibition in the world’s first Fair Trade town was celebrated with a step back in time.
Fred White , creator of a replica chest and a slave ship model, rode into Garstang to deliver the two items to The FIG Tree International Fair Trade Visitor Centre, replicating part of a 7,000-mile journey by English abolitionist Thomas Clarkson.
Clarkson was at the forefront of the campaign to end the slave trade more than 200 years ago and for many could be considered a pioneer of the Fair Trade concept.
To celebrate the opening of a slave trade and Quaker interactive display at The FIG Tree, Fred, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, the birthplace of Clarkson, was welcomed by Garstang Mayor Chris Ryan, The FIG Tree’s director, Bruce Crowther, and town crier Hilary McGrath, all dressed in period costume.
Mr Crowther said; “Clarkson rode 7,000 miles around the country with what was considered the first visual aid.
“He had artefacts from Africa to show how civilised slaves actually were coupled with barbaric items such as shackles and whips.
“We’re very proud in Garstang to have such wonderful displays on offer and we hope people will come to see the free exhibitions in our visitor centre.”