News appeal brings success

THANKS to an appeal in the News earlier this year, Dolan Betney of the Gowanbank Living Heritage Village, Falkirk, has been presented with a restored co-op milk float....

THANKS to an appeal in the News earlier this year, Dolan Betney of the Gowanbank Living Heritage Village, Falkirk, has been presented with a restored co-op milk float.
The 1956 Morrison electric milk float has been donated by the Anglia Regional Society. It was presented to the former co-op employee Mr Betney (pictured right) by Andrew Arbon, Board Member of the Anglia Society.
Mr Betney&#039s dream is to create a co-operative society in the village. Gowanbank Village, originally designed in 1842 by the 19 year old future Sir James Gowans to house and train the stone masons who built houses in Edinburgh
Mr Betney said: `The village decayed as the years passed and as profit superseded principle. By 1990 it was a cow byre and sludge storage facility. Recognised for what it had been, renovated, reconstructed and rebuilt in places the village has finally reappeared from its ignominious grave to once again be a place where people can live and work.
"The stonemasons have gone, well most of them anyway, to be replaced by the organic gardeners, the homeless dispossessed teenagers, the wandering co-operative philosopher and the resident musician and Mary. Mary more than anyone made it happen, now it is up to us to make it succeed.`

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