Lennoxtown co-operative store is 200 years in the making

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AN exhibition organised by local history buffs has marked the bicentenary of a historic shop.

The show in St Machan’s Church Hall, Lennoxtown, celebrated the village co-operative, thought by many to be the oldest in the world.

Established in 1812 as the Lennoxtown Friendly Victualling Society, it was in existence more than 30 years before the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers - believed to be the next oldest co-operative in Britain.

It was later to become the Kirkintilloch Equitable Society, before becoming the Co-operative shop which still trades in the village today.

The exhibition, organised by Campsie Local History Group and Lennoxtown Heritage and Preservation Group, featured pictures and memorabilia dating back through the business’s history.

A souvenir book charting the shop’s 200 year journey is planned for later this year.

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