They have the whole world in their hats

SHOP workers wearing unusual head gear representing countries from around the world greeted shoppers at a town store.

Staff at the Olympic Way store in Wellingborough wore hats from across the globe – from a Moroccan fez to an American cowboy hat – to mark the start of the International Year of Co-operatives.

Designated by the United Nations as a celebratory year, it will provide the chance for the one billion people across the world to highlight how co-operative enterprises build a better world. Co-operatives provide more than 100 million jobs across the globe, and The Co-operative Group operates 4,800 trading outlets in the UK, employing more than 106,000 people.

Wellingborough store manager Anna Carlos said: “With a store in every UK postal area, we are committed to the communities in which we trade, and support local charities and good causes via our Community Fund. But as well as supporting the local community we lead the way on Fairtrade and are part of a much wider community, the international movement of co-operation.