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> The Co-operative Stores, shopping
Angela Chick
post 8th Sep 2005, 06:38pm
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Melody a think you should keep biggles for now a mean he has been with you for a while now, a got rid of mel because he is a one man woman i did not have one iota of a chance laugh.gif


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post 8th Sep 2005, 07:35pm
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I also delivered groceries every Fiday, there was me, Hector Clydesdale and Malcolm Mallinson. We delivered from the back of a big co-op truck.That was from Maryhill road at the bottom of Duncruin St.It used to be a race from school to claim the boxes of groceries who you knew would tip the most.
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post 8th Sep 2005, 07:52pm
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Hi big tommy

Just seen your posting to me. Aye, A'm frae Aiberdeen. Ah bided there frae bein born in 1936 til 1951 fin we flitted tae Wales. I mind Holburn Street weel coz I bided in a sreet fit ran aff Holburn. Bit Holburn wiz guy lang, frae Union St tae the Aul Brig o' Dee. Oor street wiz Gairn Terrace an as yi wiz ga'an doon Holburn tae the Brig o' Dee jist afore yi came tae a railway brig ower the street Gairn Terrace wiz on yer left. Across frae us wiz Alexander's Bus garage

Yi'll hae ti tell me far yi bided on Holburn Street. Funny, bit the quine A'm lookin fer came tae Aiberdeen frae Glasgae on holiday as weel.


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big tommy
post 8th Sep 2005, 08:02pm
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We stayed with a Mrs Barrack in the middle of Holburn Street . Cant remember the number. She was a lovely lady and my son adored her .He used to be in tears whenever we had to come home . My daughter had been going there since she was 6 months old .

Then we went to a Mr Steer in Dee Street .From there we went to Inverurie .

Some great holidays there until the oil began to waste the place .

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post 9th Sep 2005, 08:11pm
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Right on Tommy. When I eventually got to take holidays in Aberdeen I was disgusted. Everything revolved around oil but I could find no trace that any of the cash bonanza had been ploughrd back into the city, its community or its culture. Some of the finest buildings, including the closed Market Hall a beautiful granite building in the Greek style had been torn down and a concrete monstrocity raised in its place. The Co-oppie Head Office in Loch Street, a lovely example of a Victorian Arcade was demolished as were a couple of Mediaeval houses. A couple were saved but only after an outburst of rage from the inhabitants.
As far as I am concerned, Aberdeen sold its soul for a barrel of oil. What a thing to have to say about one's home town.


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post 9th Sep 2005, 09:19pm
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I am going back up to Aberdeen on the 24th for a night , to , :- of all things ,a dinner dance ,to be hosted by BLESMA ,or British Limbless EX-Servicemens Association , in the Copthorne Hotel . Shame i will be on my own as the double room reserved for me looks lovely .As for dancing ,none of the men have two legs ,but what the hell ? We will have a few drinks and stott around the floor . Will tell you all about it when i get home . I am going up by train ,as the distance is getting too much to drive now .

I have a better one than that .On 21st until 23rd of October I am off to Dunblane Hydro as a committee member of the Tenants Association. Here again I am going with a female .in fact, I am driving her up . Maybe I can persuade her to change rooms:-. wishfull thinking on my part...

The first night is a fancy dress night . I am tempted to go as Long John Silver .Before that .
I have a date in Dumfries for a two night stay.Again with another female .
nEXT wEDNESDAY off to Dundee for a quiz league .,i dont know where .

I DO GET AROUND .

Tommy

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post 9th Sep 2005, 09:34pm
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It wisney ma quiney Jeannie .My wee darling passed away just 20 months ago on 30th dec 2003 .Bit Jennie love Aiberdeen as well . Hence the one person in the double room in The Copthiorne Hotel
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post 3rd Nov 2005, 01:19pm
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Thinking back to the Co-operative brings back so many memories and just how much we depended on it.

The Co-op in Springburn was an Alladin's Cave. It had everything from a pair of sannies to a slap up meal. The main store in Morrison Street just over the Kingston Bridge was like entering into another world. I can even remember my Dividend number, which isn't so hard as it was 11111. The old "divi" used to help us in many ways, like school clothes, the odd week-end and of course, somewhere we could go for a meal.

The Copey was used to hold receptions after a christening, after a wedding and sometimes sadly following a funeral. I hate to think just how many funerals I have attended which were arranged by the Co-op. All the arrangements, including the buffet after the burial, were arranged by the Co-op. Now, however, the Co-op seems to be purely into funeral arrangements with a plan called Funeralcare. No more wonderful shops, no more tea rooms where people could meet and chat. All in all, I think there are only a few small Co-op shops scattered around Scotland.

There was a fairly large supermarket in Kirkintilloch, but even this was bought out by Sainsbury's.

I still have my old dividend book, which I couldn't part with. You see, it was my mother-in-law's to begin with and when we moved in with her, we took it over and paid all the bills, and obviously we bought all the messages. The book must be 100 years old by now.

We sure miss the Co-operative.

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post 3rd Nov 2005, 01:57pm
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When I was pregnant with my son, I went to Morrison Street to buy a pram. The woman serving me, told me just to notify them when the baby was born and the pram would be delivered to my nearest Co-op which was at St. George's Cross.

They were duly notified, and when I came out the hospital I went round and collected the pram. They would not take any money from me as they said an invoice would be sent out. A few weeks later I went back in and asked what was happening as I had not received an Invoice for payment of the pram. The woman serving me phoned Morrison St. then came back and told me they had no documentation of me buying a pram from them. I had to give her the details of when I ordered the pram, the colour maroon & eggshell blue, and the price 24-00. They still had no trace of it. I finally paid them the money and got a receipt which I kept for a long time as I was sure when their Auditors came in, they would find the order form and the delivery note.

Some of my friends said I was silly and I should have kept the money, as the fault lay with the Co-op, and if I got a pram free, why should I care about their bad bookeeping. But to me that was another way of stealing and I was not having that on my conscience.


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post 3rd Nov 2005, 10:41pm
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Where exactly is this Co-Op store on Morrison St and what year. The only big ? Co-Op store in that area that I can remember (1950's) was on Bridge St.
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post 4th Nov 2005, 12:44am
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It was October 1959 I went to the Co-op in Morrison Street.

I don't know if it is still there, or how long it was there. mellow.gif


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post 4th Nov 2005, 01:20am
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The Co-Op store in Morrison Street was the head office of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society (SCWS).

It closed sometime in the late Sixties and had a number of uses before being finally converted to flats in the Eighties.

The building has quite an interesting history and I believe that its design came second in a competition for the design of Glasgow City Chambers. The present city Chambers was the winning design, of course.

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post 4th Nov 2005, 02:08pm
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Dear Targer
The Co-oprative in Morrtison Street has been converted into a block of luxury flats .you casn see them off the Kingston Bridge .The LED clock is still on the side wall
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post 21st Aug 2006, 09:20pm
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Our Co-op in Townhead was HUGE! It was on Parliamentary Road and was 3 or 4 floors high. It sold everything from a loaf to furniture. I can't remember my mum's number - I must ask her if she remembers it.

We also had a wee shop on Parson Street just along from our house that we used every day. The Co just isn't the same these days.


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post 21st Aug 2006, 10:13pm
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76019 was my Ma's share number and being the good Socialist that she was she bought everything from the Co-op from Lofty Peak flour to Cogent cigarettes. She used to tell me eveytime we went in to any Co-op that buying anything, even a bar of chocolate, made it our Co-op. We, the customers owned it and the Dividend that was paid quarterly was our share of the profits and was based on how much we spent.
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