The first ever Plastic Free Festive Fayre in North Devon and quite possibly the country is being held at the Pier House in Westward Ho! on Wednesday, November 28.

Hosted by ReFuse and ReUse in association with Westward Ho! Business Association, from 4pm it will feature an eclectic selection of plastic free arts, gifts and crafts plus entertainment and live music.

There will be a wide range of plastic free businesses and organisations to chat to, as well as storytime with Ellie Jackson at 4.30pm and plastic free talks at 7pm.

Also in attendance will be Cal Major, the first person to paddleboard unassisted from Lands End to John O’Groats, promoting her Paddle Against Plastic campaign.

North Devon songbird Yazzy will be performing live at 9pm and the event runs until 10.30pm.

Following the event, ReFuse & ReUse will be producing a short film highlighting how the community in Westward Ho! came together to understand more about the plastic pollution problem and learn what they can do to help.

North Devon Videography will be filming throughout the event as well as interviewing some of those attending.

The film will be added to a Plastic Free Fayre toolkit to help others organise their own event. This will be distributed, free of charge, to Plastic Free groups across the world.

“Single use plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems of modern times,” said Andrew Cross, founder of ReFuse & ReUse.

“The journey to rid our lives of something that is used for minutes but remains in our environment for hundreds of years starts with better knowledge.

“Education as to what the problem is and the actions we can individually take to reduce our plastic footprint is where everyone should start.”

“With Westward Ho! being awarded Plastic Free Community status, our village offers the ideal location for the UK’s first Plastic Free Festive Fayre. And best of all it is free.”

Geoffrey Cox MP has added his endorsement to the fayre, saying: “The amount of plastic waste polluting our land and seas remains a great source of concern for residents all over Torridge and West Devon.

“The Plastic Free Festive Fayre is an excellent initiative and I support its aim to raise awareness of plastic pollution and to encourage members of our community to reduce their use of plastic.”

Entry to the fayre is free but those attending must register for a ticket – got to www.plasticfreefestivefayre.co.uk .