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Tom pedals to Prestwick Academy
14 June 2012 15:46
Tom Morton visiting Prestwick Academy where he met South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie, local Councillors, staff and pupils.
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Tom Morton, broadcaster and journalist, pedaled into Prestwick Academy as part of his 'Mull2Muckle' cycle trip to raise awareness of Fair Trade.
Tom's journey, where he will cycle over 400 miles, will take him from the most southerly point in Scotland at the Mull of Galloway to the most northerly point at Muckle Flugga in Unst.
His journey has also been dubbed 'The Fairly Long Ride' as it is being undertaken to draw attention to the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, world trade justice issues and the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade nation.
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie met Tom at Prestwick Academy when he met with students and staff before setting off for Glasgow.
Provost Moonie said: "The task that Tom has undertaken is a mammoth one. Thanks to the outstanding cycle network across South Ayrshire, Tom has been able to enjoy his cycling and receive a very warm welcome at Prestwick Academy.
"People across South Ayrshire in churches, community groups, businesses and their own homes support Fair Trade.
"South Ayrshire Council passed a resolution committing it be a Fair Trade Council and all tea and coffee served at Council functions are Fair Trade products".
"Tom is an inspiration and I am sure his cycle ride will succeed in raising the profile of Fair Trade. With so many people supporting Fair Trade I am sure that in time Scotland will become a Fair Trade nation."
Speaking at Prestwick Academy Tom Morton said: "I am very pleased to be back in South Ayrshire and to see that South Ayrshire people are such strong supporters of Fair Trade.
"I would like to thank Provost Helen Moonie, the staff and the pupils at Prestwick Academy for such a warm welcome and wishing me well on my way."