Time to head for home

Worn outTime to jettison the helmet and take a little rest.   This banana has been incredibly busy over the last few days. FT Banana sailed from Aberdeen on the Hrossey, accompanied by Peter Hutchinson, Senior Manager Vessel Support Services. On arrival at Hatston he was welcomed by Gill Smee and Lorna Penny from Orkney Fair Trade Group, and presented with a “Buy Fair and Buy Local in Orkney” flag, which he carried with him on the rest of his travels. And Peter presented his staff with their brand new Fairtrade shirts. Then it was off to Stromness to be tucked up safely aboard the Hamnavoe, all ready for an early morning sailing to Scrabster and back. After distributing more shirts, they went through to Kirkwall via the Standing Stones, for a well-earned cup of coffee at Trenabie’s, and a chance for Pet er to exchange ideas with proprietor Leanne Rendall. Trenabie’s is one of Orkney’s best-established Fairtrade outlets – and they supply free take awa. ys of their Fairtrade coffee grounds for use in the garden too!
Next stop was the Council Offices, where FT and Peter met with Hayley Green, Head of Support Services, for a discussion on ethical procurement – how to make sure that local products and suppliers, Fairtrade goods, and environmentally friendly processes all feature strongly in business contracts: a shared ambition for Northlink and Orkney Islands Council. Last stop for the duo was Radio Orkney to make a quick news item.  In our next post we’ll look at what the journey was all about and how we can go forward with our Fairtrade City campaign.

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