Memorabilia, songs and food tastings were all part of a special day to mark 150 years of co-operative, community-inspired trading in Swindon.
The Midcounties Co-operative’s Old Town store hosted the celebrations, which included performances from the Swindon Co-operative Ladies Choir, face painting, a bouncy castle and an in-store DJ playing hits from the past.
People could also step back in time with the help of a nostalgic display by retired David Macey, aged 67, who brought along part of his collection of Co-operative memorabilia. He started amassing it when he worked for Co-operative Funeralcare and it has continued to grow.
Shabaz Hussain, Membership Development Officer at Midcounties, said: “It was an amazing day and I would like to thank everyone who supported it. There was a real buzz in store and people enjoyed the various activities we had organised.
“We wanted to do something special because we are proud of our 150 year history in Swindon. We continue to be a locally-owned retailer which shares profits with our members, supports Fairtrade and local producers and gives back to the community where we trade.”
Midcounties Board Member Steve Allsopp unveiled a commemorative plaque at the store. Among those present was Roy Grubb, aged 86, a former Co-operative store manager, who worked for the Society for nearly 50 years.
Customers could also enjoy tastings courtesy of local suppliers Arkells Brewery, Sugar and Spice Cakes and Drycott Bakery.
The anniversary celebrations continue with a display of memorabilia at the Midcounties store in Brewery Street, Highworth, on Saturday 24 July and at the Cavendish Square supermarket in Park North, Swindon, Saturday 31 July.
Midcounties has 20 stores, two Post Offices, a pharmacy, travel branch, childcare nursery, seven funeral businesses and more than 49,000 members in the Swindon area.
Pictured, top, from left: Board Member Steve Allsopp, Membership Development Officer Shabaz Hussain, memorabilia collector David Macey, former employee Roy Grubb and Store Manager Gordon Monahan, with representations of the original trade goods which the Co-operative sold 150 years ago.
Mr and Mrs Ron and Joan Kent are pictured at the display with memorabilia collector David Macey.
With the commemorative plaque, from left: Board Member Steve Allsopp, Store Manager Gordon Monahan, former employee Roy Grubb, memorabilia collector David Macey and Membership Development Officer Shabaz Hussain.