Sir; The news that, at long last, the CWS and CRS are to merge stirs many memories for a longstanding co-operator like me. I recall the topic coming up at countless meetings in Manchester, not to mention umpteen Co-op Congresses. This merger has been a long time coming. The Co-op used to regularly attract the description "sleeping giant." And while that tag is no longer valid, I can't help regretting there have been so many lost opportunities over the years. Once upon a time the Co-op societies had the best sites in the high street, yet they allowed the multiples to come in and take trade. There's a lot of catching up to be done. Co-operator Stockport {{LETTERS }}