Slave trade port to fair trade city - Lancaster’s weekend of events by The Fig Tree

Slave trade port to fair trade city - as part of the project, workshops were carried out in schools and people dressed in the attire of the times, mostly traditional Quakers dress.

Slave trade port to fair trade city - as part of the project, workshops were carried out in schools and people dressed in the attire of the times, mostly traditional Quakers dress.

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The FIG Tree, the world’s first International Fair Trade Centre founded in the first Fair Trade Town, Garstang, is holding a weekend of events celebrating 210 years since the abolition of the slave trade and also how fair trade is promoted today, on March 25 and 26.

The weekend is called ‘210 Abolition – Lancaster slave trade port to fair trade city’.

Events include: March 25: 10.30am-1pm, chocolate Workshops at The Priory, booking essential, £5/head; 2.30pm–3.30pm Quaker Worship at Lancaster Friends Meeting House, learn about a Quaker Meeting followed by worship; 4pm–5pm Slave trade - Fairtrade debate at Lancaster Friends Meeting House, motion: “It is simply immoral people should be allowed to suffer in order to provide us with luxuries such as tea, coffee and sugar at a cheap price”; 6pm, Regency Banquet at The Borough, Regency dress compulsory, tickets £20/person; 8pm–9.30pm Regency Ball - music workshop run by ‘Northern Frisk’. March 26: 10am Mothering Sunday Service and 6.30pm Evensong at The Priory; 7.30pm The Transatlantic Slave Trade, looking back, around and forward, Lancaster Priory lecture by Rev Chigor Chike, £5/head on the door. There is an exhibition at The Storey until March 31 and there is a Fairtrade Way Walk from Pooley Bridge to Grasmere on April 15.

* Chocolate workshops to be booked via marketing@fairtradecentre.org and banquet and ball via brucecrowther300@gmail.com.