On Wednesday 24 March, the people of Clevedon celebrated the opening of the extensively refurbished Co-op Store and Post Office in Old Street, Clevedon, following their very successful campaign over the past year to stop its planned closure.
Angela Everitt, one of the key campaigners, a North Somerset CLP member and a Labour Town Councillor on Clevedon Town Council, was delighted to be invited, on their behalf, to be the one to cut the ribbon.
She thanked everyone involved in the campaign – the people of Clevedon and the staff of seven, including Ali, the manager, who has worked there for 27 years, and Janine who’s been there for 34 years. She also warmly thanked Parth Patel and his family from North Somerset for investing in Clevedon as franchisees of Southern Co-op and wished them well in their new venture.
Angela, also founder of Clevedon Community Bookshop Co-operative, asked everyone to share their celebrations with the other co-op in town which, this year, is celebrating its tenth birthday. The Co-op Store has long been vital in ‘the village’ at the centre of Clevedon, at the hub of our bus routes.
Flashing her Co-op and Co-operative Party membership cards, Angela urged Clevedon people to join up, to co-own the Co-op and, most important, keep it going by shopping at ‘Welcome Co-op’.