REVEREND Nicky Davis donned a giant banana costume to raise awareness of Fairtrade in Fordingbridge.

A weekend of celebrations were held to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fordingbridge is currently bidding to become a Fairtrade Town.

The first event on Saturday took place in the town hall with films, games and quizzes and a variety of Fairtrade items on sale. And on the Sunday a special service focused on Fairtrade was given at St Mary’s Church on the Sunday.

Reverend Davies, who is the associate priest Avon Valley Churches, said: “Thank you to our Traidcraft team who worked so hard and to members of our Fairtrade Steering Committee for their support too. I think I caused quite some interest in my Fairtrade banana costume – people found me very ‘a-peeling!’”

More than £170 worth of Fairtrade cakes were sold and donations received along with £275 of Traidcraft goods.

Fairtrade aims to get better prices, working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.