When troops were serving in World War One, hundreds of Christmas puddings were sent to soldiers on the front-line. Today, the Co-operative Group has recreated this act by donating 2,000 puddings to the Royal British Legion.
In 1914, in order to give soldiers fighting in France some seasonal home comforts, the Co-op sent the large batch of puddings from its factory at Middleton, near Manchester to the front line.
This year, the festive desserts are going to the Legion’s care homes and break centres around the UK and will be served as part of Christmas dinners already planned for veterans and their families.
Steve Murrells, chief executive retail, said: “We are very proud of the support our co-operative forefathers gave to the war effort. To donate the puddings to the troops was a magnificent gesture and one that we wanted to commemorate.
“As a British business we respect the sacrifice of those involved in both World Wars and other conflicts and I am sure The Royal British Legion veterans will enjoy the puddings.”