SATURDAY marked 10 years of Fairtrade in Strathaven.
And the East Church hall was packed as the Strathaven Fairtrade Group welcomed Martin Rhodes, director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, as their special guest.
Martin thanked everyone who had worked behind the scenes to make Scotland a Fairtrade Nation, which it is hoped to achieve later this year.
Martin added that it was the people of Scotland, in towns like Strathaven, who are committed to ensuring all Third World producers and workers are allowed dignity at work, the dignity of earning enough to feed and keep their families, who will make Scotland a Fairtrade Nation.
The new Strathaven Directory, printed by South Lanarkshire Council, listing all the schools, churches and businesses supporting Fairtrade in Strathaven was displayed and will be available to pick up around the town and at the various Fairtrade events over the coming weeks.
All the entries from the primary schools' 'Design a Logo' competition were on display in the East Church hall and the winning entry by Amy Davidson, of Kirklandpark Primary School, was launched as the new logo for the Strathaven Fairtrade Group.
A limited number of commemorative mugs displaying the logo, have been commissioned to commemorate Strathaven's 10 years as a Fairtrade Town. These will be available to buy at the group's stall at various events throughout the year.
All the winners were presented with a certificate and a commemorative mug by Martin Rhodes and later in the year they will visit the Scottish Parliament as a guest of Strathaven's MSP Aileen Campbell.
A group of P4/5 pupils from all the primary schools also had great fun taking part in a craft workshop using Fairtrade craft materials.
This was led by Eileen Rowney and Pat Dakin and were also presented with certificates by Martin Rhodes to commemorate the day .