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Hundreds were sweet for the Fairtrade Bake Off as they packed into Paisley Town Hall to watch Helen McLaughlinfrom Paisley crowned the competition winner.

The winning cake, a peanut butter cake, was made using Fair Trade peanut butter, bananas, caster sugar and dark, white and milk chocolate.

Judging the Bake Off was Guatemalan Fairtrade coffee and honey farmer Ismael Diaz Rivas, Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Board and Ken Clark, Owner of Redss.

The winning criteria was based on creativity, appearance, taste and the number of Fairtrade ingredients used in the bake.

At the Bake Off, Councillor Sharkey said: “It is great to see so many people take part in the Bake Off and get to know that Fairtrade ingredients are available right on their doorstep. Even changing one product we buy to a Fairtrade product can make a huge difference to the lives of farmers in poorer areas of the world.

“I would like to thank Ismael for coming all the way from Guatemala to share his life story with us, showing us firsthand how Fairtrade is making a difference to his community.

“Meeting someone like Ismael who is making cooperation work is a great way to spread the real message of Fairtrade that everyone benefits when we treat each other fairly and cooperate across the world.

“Fairtrade helps farmers by giving them a fairer deal. Farmers are then able to give their children an education, use better crop growing techniques and help their communities to grow and prosper.”

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Paisley is the largest town in Scotland. The town  has a rich history; from it’s 12th century Cluniac Abbey, it’s world famous Paisley Pattern Shawls, and its position at the forefront of the Thread Industry all of which brought great wealth and prosperity to the Town, enabling it to build it’s inspiring Town Hall, Museum and Art Gallery, Observatory, Schools and numerous fine Churches.

Paisley is surrounded by many historical towns and villages and is also ideally situated as a gateway to the Highlands and Islands, with Loch Lomond only 20 minutes away and Edinburgh a mere 45 minutes, and with the airport within 2 miles of the centre of Paisley, it really is the ideal base for visitors from near and far.



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