Famous faces at Co-op in its heyday

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Princess Anne
Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Princess Anne
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After the bombshell news that Ilkeston Co-op department store is set to close later this year, we take a look back at its illustrious history.

Joseph Ayre, who was elected to the governing board of the Co-op back in 1951, aged 32, appears in these pictures greeting some of the famous faces that visited the store over the years.

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Bill Roache

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Bill Roache

“The Co-op was an institution,” he said.

“It wasn’t just for groceries or other items.

“It was a big part of life for people of my age.”

Joseph, 94, was chairman for 14 years until his retirement in 1989, when he was succeeded by Frank Holt.

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Frankie Vaughan

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Frankie Vaughan

“We entertained so many people over the years,” explained Mr Ayre.

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Larry Grayson

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Larry Grayson

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Roy Kinnear.

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Roy Kinnear.

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Princess Anne.

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre meets Princess Anne.