In the interest of the above Society, a new feature was introduced in the
shape of a Demonstration held on Tuesday, 22nd inst., the object of which
was, or is, to awaken interest in the Co-operative movement in the village.
The demonstration took the form of a public meeting in the Large School
Room, which was nearly filled with an appreciative audience. Stirring
addresses were given in support of the movement by Messrs. J. WARWICK
(Chairman of the Co-operative Union for the Northern Section), and W. STOKER
(member of the C.W.S. Committee), who by their experience and knowledge of
Co-operative principles were able to set forth all the advantages of being a
member of the Co-operative Society. Facts and figures were given by the
above gentlemen relative to the widespread influence of the Co-operative
movement, hitherto not altogether understood in this neighbourhood, the
inhabitants of which have been benefitted indirectly by the existence of a
Co-operative Society in their midst.
The proceedings were enlivened by the attendance of the Nenthead Brass Band,
under the leadership of Mr. JOS. ENGLISH, who in no small measure added to
the enjoyment of the evening. Councillor HARRISON, one of the pioneers of
the Co-operative movement in this village, presided over the meeting.
Votes of thanks concluded this part of the programme, after which a knife
and fork supper was provided, the provisions being of an abundant character.
The tables were gracefully presided over by the following ladies:
Misses E. HETHERINGTON, M. DICKINSON, E. A. ANGUS, H. WATSON, A.
SPARK, M. THOMPSON, P. COUSIN, and F. RICHARDSON, Mrs. R. MARTIN
and Mrs. R. WALTON acted as breadcutters, and Mrs. W. SPARK and Mrs.
J. THOMPSON as tea infusers. Messrs. C. ARMSTRONG and R. MARTIN surely
had a hard time carving, as they were seen to have their coats off.
Dancing was heartily indulged in during the rest of the evening, music being
supplied by the untiring zeal of the band in attendance. The rendering of
the National Anthem brought a very enjoyable evening to a close.