The annual Fairtrade Market held at Oakham Castle, on Saturday was another great success with more than 600 visitors.
The castle was full of colourful displays of crafts and gifts from Fairtrade producers from around the world, as well as locally made items such as Christmas cakes and puddings, handmade bags and aromatherapy products.
The fair was opened by Oakham mayor Jane Woodcock and Rutland MP Alan Duncan (Con) was there to support the event.
The raffle for the charity Practical Action was drawn by the High Sheriff of Rutland Miles Williamson-Noble, and the first prize of a £50 hamper was won by Sharron Brown of Stoney Stanton.
Refreshments of hot drinks and home made cakes were welcome on a dull and rainy day!
A short video story of Nick Hewer visiting Fairtrade banana farmers in St Lucia could be viewed, which illustrated what a profound difference Fairtrade makes in the lives of farmers – with healthcare, schooling and improved water supplies.