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Morag Catania

Thank you to Morag Catania who wrote:

Glasgow Coop Picnics

"My mother was born in Glasgow 1918.  She remembers the local co-op society annual picnics.  They cost 2p to attend. 

Those attending had to have a "tinny" (a tin cup tied around the neck with string or tape, or if well-off a ribbon).

They would have races, games, a sing-a-long. 

She said the best part was a bag of goodies, usually a Paris bun or Snowball, an apple and the tinny of milk.  

 I'm estimating the year at about 1926.

I don't know if Edinburgh did the same thing."

Morag Catania:  February 10, 2007


Morag Catania asks:

"Do you know whether or not  Edinburgh Co-op organised similar picnics?

If you know, please e-mail me.   

Thank you.    - Peter Stubbs


Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland (who used to live in Edinburgh wrote:

"Your recollection by Morag Catania about Co-op picnics may have answered a question I have about an Edinburgh group (taken round about 1911-1912), which includes my grandfather and some other people.

Most of the men in the group, and from what I can see, some of the women too, are wearing ribbons on the left breast-side.

I had thought that this might be a Temperance Society or perhaps a 'Church do', as both my grandparents had 'taken the pledge', but Co-op Society picnics (and my grandparents were members of St Cuthbert's for a long time) could be the answer.

Mr and Mrs Gregor McLaren wearing ribbons for an excursion.  Who might have organised the excursion?

Here is a blow-up of the ribbons worn by Mr & Mrs Gregor McLaren of Gorgie that day. There's a strong chance, in any case that this accounts for the gathering

Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland, February 14, 2007

If you know anything about who might have organised excursions on which such ribbons were worn, please e-mail me, so that I can pass on the details to Phil. 

Thank you.    - Peter Stubbs: February 16, 2007




George T Smith

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

George T Smith, British Columbia added

Picnic to Spylaw Park


"Some good recollections are coming forth. It's the first time I had heard of a 'tinnie' at picnics for a long, long time.

I remember wearing one to a picnic in Spylaw Park some time just pre-war. I must have been a toff as mine was on a ribbon of some neutral colour; Boys with coloured ribbons would have been called 'Jessies'!

We went there by train from Slateford station, as far as I can remember, but what we got to drink in our tinnies I can not remember - probably Tizer, Edinburgh's answer to Irn Bru"

George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada:  February 17, 2007



Iain C Purves

Waterdown, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Iain C Purves who wrote:

Leith Provident Co-op


"Just after 1945 and on for a few years, the boys and girls who delivered the milk and rolls for the Leith Provident Co-op wore coloured ribbons showing the Store colours of the Store they worked for.

We also were given: a brown paper bag with a Paris Bun, a sausage roll or a wee pie and an apple.

We were entertained in Musselburgh Town Hall on one occasion.  I believe it rained hard that time.

Another time we were taken to Dunbar and enjoyed races, games etc."

Iain C Purves, Waterdown, Ontario, Canada:  October 26, 2011


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