Hats off to the staff at Standish Co-op

Staff at The Co-operative on Pole Street, Standish, mark the start of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives by wearing hats from around the world; left to right are Nicola Craine, Cath Banks, Sue Hailwood, Patricia Riley
Staff at The Co-operative on Pole Street, Standish, mark the start of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives by wearing hats from around the world; left to right are Nicola Craine, Cath Banks, Sue Hailwood, Patricia Riley

COWBOY hats, Moroccan fezes and sombreros filled a Wigan supermarket as part of an initiative to build a better world.

Employees at the Co-Op store in Standish wore hats from many nations to mark the start of the International Year of Co-operatives, celebrating the global successes of co-operation.

The 2012 International Year of Co-operatives allows the one billion co-operators across the world to highlight how they build a better world.

Tracey Aspen, store manager at Standish, said: “With a store in every UK postal area, we are committed to the communities in which we trade, and we support local charities and good causes via our Community Fund.

“But, as well as supporting the local community, we lead the way on Fairtrade and are part of a much wider community, the huge, international movement of co-operation.

“Thanks to the International Year of Co-operatives, everyone from the Alsager food store to the Ibaraki fishing co-operative in Japan can celebrate the responsible way we do business.”