Fancy dress party praises the wonder of Fairtrade

Lord Mayor Dee Sinclair, as the Red Queen, gives Alice, aka Celeste Harper, a hard time at the Alice in Wonderland themed tea party to mark Oxford’s continuing Fairtrade City status

Lord Mayor Dee Sinclair, as the Red Queen, gives Alice, aka Celeste Harper, a hard time at the Alice in Wonderland themed tea party to mark Oxford’s continuing Fairtrade City status

First published in News

ALICE in Wonderland met Fairtrade Fortnight at a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

The event celebrated the work of Fairtrade businesses and organisations from across Oxford in the last decade and took place at the town hall on Wednesday.

Chairman of the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition Sebastian Blake said: “It was great fun. I was dressed as the Mad Hatter, and we roped in the Lord Mayor Dee Sinclair to be the Red Queen.”

As well as a Fairtrade afternoon tea, there was a performance from the Oxford City Singers and a reading of the tea party chapter from Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story.

Oxford Brookes drama student Celeste Harper played Alice. She said: “I was here to celebrate 10 years of Oxford Brookes being a Fairtrade University and it was really great.

“I had some banter with the mayor – she was a real laugh.”

The Town Hall and Museum gift shop provided other characters from Alice in Wonderland including a finger puppet dormouse.

Mr Blake, 27, added: “We had about 35 people to say thank you for all of the hard work they’ve done.”

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