Burnley College designers in Fairtrade fashion show at Mechanics

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BUDDING catwalk stars took to the stage at Burnley Mechanics for a Fairtrade Fashion Show.

Pupils from Blessed Trinity RC College modelled shop bought Fairtrade clothes as well as outfits made by Burnley College fashion students from Fairtrade cotton provided by Burnley’s Fairtrade group, who organised the event.

There was a competition for the best three designs and a people’s choice voted for by the audience.

On the judging panel were the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley, Coun. David and Mrs Joan Heginbotham, and Mr Massatoma Mounkoro, a Fairtrade cotton farmer from Mali in West Africa.

Mr Mounkoro’s visit was arranged by the Fairtrade Foundation and he gave a short speech to open the show.

He explained the value of Fairtrade and how it improves the lives of the producers.

The winning designer was Georgia Goddard and there were two runners-up, Ellie Hosker and Sophie Boillat. The people’s choice winner was Chloe Colton.

All the winning designs will soon be displayed in the window of the former TJ Hughes store in Burnley town centre.