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Hackney ‘goes bananas’ for fairtrade

Hackney schoolchildren and councillors joined forces to launch the borough's Fairtrade initiative and our reporter Alison Battisby found out why they were 'going bananas'. Here, Speaker Ian Rathbone and Hackney Learning Trust's Nicola Baboneu explain the benefits of buying Fairtrade, while pupils tell all about their favourite fruit.

Hackney helps launch Fairtrade world record attempt

Hackney went bonkers for Fairtrade bananas over the weekend as part of the world's biggest banana-eating event. Residents joined forces with hundreds of other Fairtrade supporters across the country to help break the record for the most bananas eaten during a 24-hour period. Council speaker Ian Rathbone led the borough's efforts in the challenge at the town hall on Mare Street.