Eye Witness

“Jackie can you tell me what exactly you saw”

“Ah got woke up by the Coppa Choppa at about three in the morning, an ah looked oot the windah, an all as a could see was flames like”

The camera panned from the young man in the shell suit to the still smouldering shell of the old Cooperative Wholesale Society building; it stood on the edge of the old town, its crenulated tower dominating the skyline of the newer suburbs.

“This is the death knell for the Co-op in this community; this once great bulwark of working class tradition, has been driven out of most high streets by the dominance of Tescos, ASDA and Sainsbury’s.” The presenter droned on a little more and the world lost the will to live; no matter how valid his point was.

Having secured his five minutes of fame, Jackie skulked back to his watching group of friends and collected his winnings.
“Y’knaa Jackie ye’ve not half got some brass neck.
It was a good laugh ‘n’all that, but deein that to just to get yersel on the telly… Ah mean, where’s me Ma gonna dee her shoppin’?”.

Eye Witness

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I turned on the news tonight and there was a fire in an old Co-op building with a tower… I thought it seemed too good an opportunity to miss! One of the people interviewed used the phrase Coppa Choppa to describe the police helicopter, and I knew it was done deal!

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