Co-op memorabilia to go under the hammer

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A collection of more than 500 pieces of Co-operative memorabilia will go under the hammer this month.

The collection was amassed by Beryl and Peter Jackson of Morley and was sorted for auction by their oldest son James and grandson Richard.

James said: "When both my parents died in 2013 we had a very interesting time clearing their house. Every other item seemed to be connected to the Co-op, from commemorative teapots to letter-heads and dividend tokens!

“Richard and I photographed and listed about 500 major items and there were many more smaller pieces."

Several of the items have been donated to Morley's Heritage Centre, but the family have kept some as keepsakes.

Peter Jackson was an avid collector and very interested in the history of the Co-operative movement. As a scale engineer working for the Co-operative Wholesale Society's Leeds Scales Department, he and his colleague John Lound made a large collection of old weighing scales. That collection was donated to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry in 1989, and featured in the Yorkshire Post of March 14 that year.

The collection is something of a first for Tennants Auctioneers and they have a selection of items featured in one of the display cases to give potential buyers a flavour.

Beryl and Peter Jackson were both born in Morley and lived all their lives there. They celebrated 61 years of marriage and had lived in the same house for 56 years. One of their grandchildren has moved into that house and is now raising her own family there.

The items will go up for auction on Wednesday March 18 at Tennants in Leyburn.