Driver Jimmy comes to the rescue after power cut hits Pitlochry

December 23, 2011

Co-operative Food delivery driver Jimmy Batt was a local hero as he helped elderly and vulnerable people in Pitlochry when stormy weather plunged the town into darkness.

Bad weather caused a major power cut in the town, affecting local homes and traders, including The Co-operative food store in West Moulin Road, which was forced to close for two days.

But delivery driver Jimmy stepped in, not only taking free bread and milk to his regular home delivery customers, many of whom are elderly, but, as telephone lines were down, also checking if they had any messages or needed help to contact friends or family.

Jimmy is pictured at the wheel of his Co-operative Food delivery van.

Store Manager Richard MacCuish said: “We’re proud of the role our store plays in the local community, and taking the time and trouble to check our customers were coping with the conditions, and the power cut, was something we felt was important to do.”

Jimmy, who lives in Pitlochry, said: “We have a lot of home delivery customers in Pitlochry, and many of them are elderly and vulnerable. They appreciated me taking the time and trouble to check on them, and they were very grateful for the bread and milk.”


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The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over six million consumers.  It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, the leading convenience store operator and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank, Britannia and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider and Britain’s largest farming operation. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies almost 50 commitments in these areas.

The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 106,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn.  Further information is available at


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Steve Broughton 
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The Co-operative Group
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