The Co-operative backs Mòd Nan Eilean Siar 2011

September 22, 2010

The Co-operative is backing the 2011 Royal National Mod, which takes place in the Western Isles, with £5,000 donation to the local organising committee.

Planning is already underway for the October 2011 Mod, the premier festival of Gaelic culture and language, and The Co-operative, which has stores across the Western Isles, is supporting the event.

Lorraine Christie, The Co-operative’s Regional Operations Manager, said: “Staging the Royal National Mod in the Western Isles will be a real highlight for people across the islands, as well as attracting many visitors.

“We are sure it will be a success and a tremendous boost for the local community, and as a community retailer we are delighted to be able to play our part to help with the costs of planning.”

Alex MacDonald, Convenor of the Mòd nan Eilean Siar local committee, said: “The organising committee greatly appreciates the generous support of The Co-operative Group. Next year’s Mod will be a very significant event for the islands, and we’re delighted to have such support from a retailer that plays such an important role in the local community.” 

(l to r) Steven Cooper, Alex MacDonald, and Michael Boylan

Pictured, after confirming the donation at The Co-operative Food store in Macaulay Road, Stornoway, are (l to r) Store Manager Steven Cooper; Alex MacDonald, Convenor of the Mòd nan Eilean Siar local committee; and Michael Boylan, The Co-operative Food’s local Operations Manager.

Notes to Editors

The Co-operative Group stands apart from other major retailers in the UK as a business which is owned, not by a small group of shareholders, but by more than five million consumers. With core interests in food, financial services, travel, pharmacy, funerals and farms, it has an annual turnover of £14 billion, employs 123,000 staff and operates over 5,000 retail trading outlets handling more than 20 million weekly transactions.  

Following the acquisition of the Somerfield supermarket chain in March 2009, The Co-operative Food is the fifth largest food retailer. The Co-operative Financial Services is one of the largest and most diversified financial mutual businesses, operating The Co-operative Bank, The Co-operative Insurance and Britannia.

The Co-operative is the UK’s number one provider of funeral services, the third largest retail pharmacy chain, a leading travel retailer, supplying the travel needs of more than three million people annually, and is the UK’s largest farmer.

Among its other businesses are The Co-operative Motor Group, The Co-operative Electrical and The Co-operative Legal Services.


For further information please contact:

Steve Broughton        
Assistant PR Manager - Regions
The Co-operative Group
Tel: 0161 246 2760
07834 090 014