RE­UNITED

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I HAVE been try­ing to ind some in­for­ma­tion on the old Co-op Fac­tory at Pelaw, Gateshead. I have a pair of wa­ter­colour paint­ings (given to my par­ents in 1939 as a wed­ding present). The paint­ings were signed J or T Wil­son. They were framed at the fac­tory.

As I live in North Som­er­set it is pos­si­ble the paint­ings were pur­chased at the Bris­tol Co-op Store (de­stroyed in WWII).

I would like to find out about the painter and if the store com­mis­sioned lo­cal artists to do work then framed them and then they were sent out to var­i­ous stores for sale.

The pic­tures show lake­side scenes with moun­tains in the back­ground - could be any­where in the UK or be­yond.

I guess peo­ple em­ployed at the fac­tory are prob­a­bly long gone by now, but maybe a rel­a­tive or friend may have some re­call of the fac­tory and it work­ings. ROGER COLLINS Email: roger­collins59@mail. com

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