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More stories of local co-operative societies...
Persistence Paid Off
Co-operation in Blackshaw Head began in 1875 when 34 local residents got together and raised start-up capital of £306.
Opposition from neighbouring societies, however, nearly put paid to the project before it had even started.
Heptonstall Co-op was opposed and Hebden Bridge Co-op, which had initially promised support, later withdrew it claiming it was unlikely that the fledgling society could ever pay a bonus. Undaunted, a meeting was held at the Shoulder of Mutton.
Residents flocked to sign up and the society was formed on September 25 1875. Members no doubt blew a raspberry in the direction of Hebden Bridge!
Read the full story in Milltown Memories, issue 7. If this or other stories stirs a memory, we'd be happy to know - send us your memories and comments.
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