Co-operative heritage in the Pennines

There’s a cold easterly wind blowing over my part of northern England today and Spring, let alone Summer, seems a long way away.  But here’s some very early news of an event I’m organising on the UN’s International Day of Co-operatives, Saturday July 7th.

The small mill town of Hebden Bridge, between Leeds and Manchester in the south Pennines, has a strong co-operative history, part of which I recounted in my book All Our Own Work which tells the story of the highly successful worker-run co-operative textile mill in the town which ran from 1870 to 1918.  I have persuaded myself to run a Co-operative Heritage Walk in the town on July 7th, starting at 11am at the Tourist Information Centre.

The walk will last about two hours, and I think we’ll have to end it firmly in the twenty-first century, in the town’s co-operatively run pub, the Fox and Goose.  More info nearer the time.

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