A num­ber that sticks in the mind, the Co-op ‘divi’

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Mem­o­ries re­turned as I read Derek James’ ar­ti­cle on the Co- op in the Septem­ber is­sue.

570867. No not my army num­ber, not my NHS num­ber and not my NI num­ber which I’ve now for­got­ten! It was our fam­ily’s Co- op num­ber which I still re­mem­ber from my child­hood – and that’s a long time ago.

The baker and the milk­man de­liv­ered daily and on Fri­day pre­sented their bills for the week. The money was paid and the Co-op num­ber was recorded as it was for any other pur­chases from the Co- op. Then, on the all im­por­tant an­nual Divi day, we were told the amount we had spent dur­ing the year and the amount of the Divi we had earned.

There was al­ways much dis­cus­sion on whether to spend it or save it but I re­call that one year we had pur­chased a three­piece suite from the Co- op and the Divi was con­sid­er­able.

It was spent on new shoes and clothes – all from the Co- op and the ba­sis for next year’s Divi! LES WOOD Haver­hill


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