Co-op replicates WW1 Christmas pudding donation

December 13, 2014 by The Co-operative Food Christmas-puddings-veterans

In a move designed to replicate the support given 100 years ago to the troops serving in World War One, The Co-operative Food today (12 December) donated 2,000 Christmas puddings to The Royal British Legion.
In 1914 in order to give soldiers fighting in France some seasonal home comforts, the Co-op sent hundreds of puddings from its factory at Middleton, near Manchester to the front line.
This year the festive desserts are going to The Royal British Legion’s Care Homes and Break Centres around the UK and will be served as part of Christmas dinners already planned for veterans and their families.
Steve Murrells, Chief Executive Retail at The Co-operative Food, said: “We are very proud of the support our Co-operative forefathers gave to the war effort. To donate the puddings to the troops was a magnificent gesture and one that we wanted to commemorate.
“As a British business we respect the sacrifice of those involved in both World Wars and other conflicts and I am sure The Royal British Legion veterans will enjoy the puddings.”

Pictured tasting a Co-op Christmas Pudding are Bob Ryder,93 (left) and Malcolm Sutcliffe, 92 (right) with care assistant Dawn Taylor from The Royal British Legion’s Lister House in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Bob was a Royal Marine who served on board HMS Renown guarding the Atlantic convoys with Malcolm serving as a wireless operator on board HMS Bleasdale.

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