In the 1960s at the Manchester store, I informed a customer that she would have to pay for a blouse she'd picked up from a counter separately. Although it was standard procedure, the customer reluctantly did so. I found out later the customer was the actress Pat Phoenix.
I’ll never forget my first (and second!) Melting Middle Chocolate Pudding. I’d seen the advert, but there was a run on them at my local store so it was a little while before I could get any. There are two in a pack but I’d eaten all the evidence by the time my housemate got home!
Selena, 35, Chester
I started working at M&S in 1960 age 18 at the new store in Manchester. I worked on the section with ladies blouses and trousers, I even modelled them on a Saturday for the customers. I have very fond memories of the store, and the people.
I remember the first time my mum gave me Percy Pigs in my lunch box. Best day at school EVER.
I found a pair of St Michael tights in the back of my drawer today. They must be from the late 70's or early 80's. They were my favourite colour, and whenever pay day came around I would buy a few pairs. I couldn't bring myself to open my last packet!
Been out in the wind and rain today using my trusty old umbrella from M&S! Have only had this one for 45 years! My Mum bought it for me because it had an unusual shaped handle that I couldn't hang on the back of the seat on the bus home from school - I'd lost umpteen umbrellas in this way before!
As a child all of my clothes were from M&S; they were very sturdy outfits which lasted for years, and I was always bought sizes too big to allow for extra growth. On a visit to M&S my older sister and I amused ourselves by trying on the hats back to front - were politely but firmly shown the door!
I remember going into M&S after swimming. They had a beautiful line of Swimwear, they had white pleated Swimsuits in navy, red or light blue. I really wished my Mum could afford to buy me one. The only two things my Mum did purchase for me were a pair of Socks & a School Blouse. Happy Days.
My dad, Jack Collier, moved to Liverpool 1949/50 to work in the cafe which was in the basement of the Church Street store. He used to prepare all the raw chickens for stores in Lancashire to provide a Christmas lunch for the staff. No oven-ready chickens in those days!
Mrs Judith Stelfox
I remember when I started work at M&S Durham Store in 1964 everyone had to address you by your full name... Mrs Smith or Miss Jones.. no first names were allowed to be used at all. It seems so silly now when I think about it, but it was like this for a great many years.