The York Co-op celebrated 90 years of service to the local community with a street party on Saturday, November 17.

McCartney Street was closed and despite warm weather there was a good turnout of people to share in the festivities. The street was decked out with red and white umbrellas along with tables and chairs.

Supporters, board members and staff were out in force for the function which included entertainment for all ages.

Music and singing by local groups One Voice and Bridging the Gap were popular with the crowd. Fairy floss, hot dogs, sausages in a roll along with drinks were handed out.

A bouncy castle and gladiator ring along with the Home Hardware dogs handing out sweets were big attractions for the younger children. There were queues for face painting too. A bucking bull provided a challenge for the teenagers and young at heart.

Co-op CEO, John Partridge, and chairman of the board, Ken Sevenson, welcomed everyone and cut a cake to celebrate the occasion.

It was November 17, 1917 (90 years to the day) that 32 prominent people from the district met in the town hall supper room and decided to form a co-operative. The first meeting of the co-op took place nine days later on November 26.

York Co-op has adopted the basic tenet of the co-operative movement which is to trade with the interests of the local community in mind and not being profit driven retaining only enough to maintain itself.

The co-op is the biggest employer in York and returns considerable funds to the community by way of sponsorship of local volunteer groups and its shopper loyalty (trading bonus) scheme.

Lindsay McNeill

Photographs (from top)

George and Dot Green (L) with Kevin and Joy Guelfi joined the Co-op’s celebration in McCartney Street; the Home Hardware dogs handed out sweets; ‘One Voice’, Vince and Tracy Creaser, helped entertain the crowd;scenes on the street during the celebrations.