We are celebrating one hundred years of action for the co-operative movement out of Holyoake House, our offices here in Manchester.
The building was opened on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1911, in the name of the great early co-operative agitator George Jacob Holyoake.
Vera who came, age 92, told me of when she was working in the building when it was bombed in the Blitz.
It is eleven, eleven, eleven again for the first time for 100 years.
Soon, we look towards twelve – with 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives and a national launch on January 12th.