Fair Trade campaigners from across the county gathered in Carmarthen this week to celebrate Carmarthenshire's renewal of its Fair Trade County status.

The county first gained Fair Trade County status in 2007, following on from Ammanford's success in becoming the first Fair Trade Town in Wales in 2002.

The status is given to towns and counties across the UK who support the aims of the Fairtrade Foundation in promoting the use of Fair Trade products which guarantee fair wages, prices and conditions for producers in some of the poorest areas in the world.

Carmarthenshire's Fair Trade County status also helped Wales become the World's first Fair Trade Nation in 2008.

A celebratory Fairtrade Coffee Morning was held at the Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) Centre in Carmarthen, attended by representatives from Fair Trade Town groups, Carmarthenshire Council, CAVS, faith groups, charities, community groups and a Fair Trade School and University.

Phil Broadhurst from the Ammanford group said : "It was both a celebration of what we have achieved and a positive look-forward to what we'll be doing in the New Year. In Ammanford we'll be looking to link in with the Town of Culture events, and as a County we'll be helping Wales to celebrate ten years as a Fair Trade Nation, so it looks like 2018 is going to be a year when we have a lot of fun getting across the very serious message of the vital need for more Fair Trade in the world."