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    My mum looks great in the 50s inspired 125 dress - now I know what she looked like when she was young!

    My earliest memory of Marks & Sparks is going shopping with my mum and younger sister to buy new pants, socks and an outfit for Whitsuntide. On Whit Sunday we would dress in our new clothes and parade amongst family.

    Lynne Barrett

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    Receiving good customer service with a smile and a joke during an incredibly busy pre-Mother's Day lunchtime... this year! It's always appreciated xx

    Lisa

    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.
    carol harle
    I worked in Manchester aged 16 and was paid £5.10s. I remember Young Junior Teens, tights, towels, men's coloured shirts and chilled food. It was so busy we couldn't re-stock quick enough; managers used to say "if it's too tidy it's not busy"! In the miners' strike we used torches, and decimalization was a challenge.
    Hazel Broughton
    I wore blue nylon overalls when I first stared at M&S in 1964 - I was the first 15 year old to be taken on, as you had to be 18 before then. I retired last year, June 2012
    Carol Harle
    I worked in M&S in 1964 when Aberdeen had 500 residents quarantined in hospital with the typhoid outbreak. I married & moved to M&S office in Edinburgh under Mrs Whitehill. Now 50 years later I am working as a Christmas temp in Dundee store in the Lingerie Dept exactly where I started 50 years ago.
    Edith Christie 'nee Reid
    When I used to go shopping with my Mum we would go to various shops and although I never thought of my Mum as a snob, she always told me to keep the Marks and Spencer bag on the outside (so everyone could see). Mum was a great advocate for the store I wish I could go shopping with her once more :-)
    Carole
    I was brought up in a children's home in Aberdeen and M&S would donate Christmas presents to us. They also helped me get my paints, brushes and easel so I could go to Grays School of Art for a year. That was 1967. I now work in M&S and have been for 27years. I feel like they are part of my family.
    Elizabeth
    I was employed at Marks & Spencer in 1969 in the Menswear Department in Manchester. I had great fun when I entered Miss Marks & Spencer, the store's hairdresser won and I would love to see that photo again. I now live in Australia and would love to show it to my family. I wore an M&S swim suit.
    Mrs Anne Lunn maiden name Entwistle
    Going to the stall in the Grainger Market in Newcastle, the first of M&S if I remember right, it was called a penny stall.
    susan henderson
    My first visit to Marks & Spencer was the best!
    James Sullivan
    Pink coconut cake - was hoping it would be brought back for Jubilee year as well as chocolate crinkle crunch biscuits!!!
    Helen Holt