By Jo Whitfield, Food CEO
Eight of the biggest UK festivals are now done and dusted. Starting with ‘Drown’load and super-soaked campers, to 31 Toad Lane at Glastonbury and finishing off strong with three festivals over the bank holiday weekend where the sun was shining. A massive thank you to the hundreds of colleagues that made these incredible events happen.
It was a personal proud moment for me to see our Co-op store being pitched up at Glastonbury, a place I’ve been visiting all my life and so close to my heart. I was also lucky enough to be invited to do a shift with the amazing colleague campers and got stuck into filling the shelves and replenishing ice as quickly as possible due to the hot sunny weather. I must say my retail standards weren’t quite up to scratch at the start but practice made (almost) perfect!
I also popped into Creamfields over the bank holiday weekend in my wellies and have seen all the brilliant pictures and videos you’ve shared on social media. It looked like everyone had an amazing time.
Here are some of my favourite pictures…
I’ve seen how much hard work went into making these festival partnerships happen, filling them up from our depots, pitching up the 6000 sq ft shops, filling the shelves with hundreds of products and serving all those happy campers.
Not forgetting those colleagues back in our shops keeping things ticking over and delivering brilliant Summer trade. It’s been a challenge with the weather and some tough targets but I’m really proud of what we’ve all achieved this year and I am sad to see the festival season finish!
Thank you – you’re all amazing.