SCHOOL pupils are not flagging in their bid to become world record breakers in a Fairtrade-themed scheme.
Students from Years 7 to 11 at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, decorated pieces of Fairtrade bunting to raise awareness of the plight of poor and disadvantaged Third World farmers.
They are taking part in a national initiative that has a target of decorating at least 12,500 pieces of bunting made out of ethically-sourced materials to make the longest continuous stream of bunting ever created.
Each piece of bunting represents a Fairtrade cotton farmer in Mali and Burkina Faso, in West Africa, and once complete, the line of bunting should measure more than two-and-a-half miles long.
The school, along with neighbouring Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, are two of a number of groups nationwide taking part in the event.
The bunting is currently on display in the school, but will be sent away to the Fairtrade Foundation this month.
They will not find out until May 8 whether the record attempt was successful, but are hopeful of victory.
The flags were unveiled by Councillor Carl Richardson, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council, who represents Hartlepool Fairtrade Town Steering Group.
Around 100 students spent their lunch hours decorating the pieces at the school’s chapel, using felt tips pens and paint.
Julie Johnson, Key Stage 3 pastoral support manager at the school, said: “The reason we support Fairtrade is to ensure that farmers get a fair and stable price for their products to help support their families and give them a better lifestyle.
“The school is honoured to be involved in such an initiative.”
Coun Richardson said: “The event was held to raise awareness of Fairtrade goods and I am really pleased with the approach being taken by students at English Martyrs.
“I think it is so important to promote the use of Fairtrade goods and further develop this in the future and certainly, English Martyrs School is playing its part.”