I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Cambus Royal Tiger Doyan at Coop Flamingo Stafford

So many of Britain's formerly most respected companies and institutions have fallen by the wayside over the last few years including  the shopper and savers friend the good of Coop. They had a small department store in Stafford which included a restaurant called The Flamingo and as can be seen from this visiting Cambus Leyland Royal Tiger Doyan they catered for coach parties as well.


Ross said...

Plenty of Co-ops still around, surely?

Here in Lincolnshire our Co-op is still independent of the "national" Co-op which seems to have subsumed the local and regional Co-ops I remember from when I was a boy.

Not sure I'd call any Co-op a saver's friend nowadays though; they always seem to be noticeably more expensive than any other supermarket chain.

Cambus also still exists, perhaps surprisingly, as it's the legal identity of "Stagecoach East", although the much older name of United Counties has unfortunately fallen by the wayside, which means Midland Red (South) buses can be seen in places such as Kettering where you wouldn't really expect to see Midland Red buses.
And Lincolnshire Road Car buses turn up in Alfreton and even Leeds (on the now occasional X62 from Hull)...

Anon said...

Wasn't the original concept that customers became members of their local Co-operative Society and received a "dividend" on their purchases, paid out in cash every 6 (?) months, so making a kind of savings principle. I can still remember my mother's "divi" number - quoted for all purchases and also queuing in the local Co-op hall to collect her "divi"money.


christopher said...

Yes the Co-op was a bit like a year round Christmas Club, and of course it's still with us but not this store in the centre of Stafford which served the public for many years as did Woolworth's a few doors down