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The first day of self service at the Co-op in Brighouse
The first day of self service at the Co-op in Brighouse

This fantastic picture shows one confused-looking customer at the Co-op in Rastrick on the first day the concept of self-service was introduced.

It’s the mid 1950s and the gentleman in the flat cap is having self-service explained to him by a shop assistant.

We don’t know his name but to his left are Clifford Hartley and Harold Mackrill, familiar faces to those readers whose weekly visit into town always included a visit to the town centre Brighouse Co-op.