Village shop set to celebrate 150 years in business

Grosmont Cooperative Society will be celebrating 150 years. Picture: Scott Wicking.
Grosmont Cooperative Society will be celebrating 150 years. Picture: Scott Wicking.
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Not many village shops evolve through the ages, but the Cooperative Society in Grosmont is still standing strong 150 years on from first opening in 1867.

A fair will be held on Saturday to celebrate the occaision with all invited.

Delphine Gale, chairman of the committee which runs the shop said: “For a little village shop to still be going 150 years after its inception is worth celebrating.

“One of the strengths of the Co-op is that we have changed with the times. Now our lifeline is the tourism that comes to the village for the railway. But we also still need local support.”

Much like Grosmont itself, the shop has changed over time. Starting off as a department store, it grew to meet the needs of the village. Over time it went from offering bread and eggs to incorporating a hardware department and a butchers.

“We were probably the pioneers of home delivery,” Mrs Gale added. “A horse and cart would deliver to local farms, so the shop was very important in keeping the community going.”

Speaking about the spirit in the village she added: “We are very lucky to have a proper village community here in Grosmont.”

The celebratory fair will be held at Grosmont cricket field tomorrow from 12.30pm, including birds of prey and rides on a velocipede, before an evening event with dancing, live music and a hog roast at 7.30pm. Tickets for the fair are £1.50 each, while the night event is £10 per person.

Pay on entry.