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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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    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.
    Judith Whitehouse
    I was part of the Fashion Show Team in 1973 which travelled around the UK, doing catwalk shows that raised money for charity. It was a young girl's dream & great fun, although hard work & not always glamourous...especially when outdoor photos were shot in freezing Jan/Feb weather, wearing a bikini!
    Neeru Clarke
    I remember often having to evacuate Kilburn store, during bomb alerts in the early 70s. One particular time, when a colleague became hysterical at the assembly point, as the boy she liked was in the store as a member of the 'fire party'. She forgot my fiance was also a member of it & in there too!
    Neeru Clarke
    I remember being five years old and pulling the arm off of one of the store's manequins in the lingerie department. I then carried it over to the checkout and plonked it on top of the counter. My mother apologised profusely - although everyone else seemed to find it rather amusing...
    Matthew Bourne
    I worked full time at Marks & Spencer until I left to have a baby. I have some wonderful memories of my time there such as the wonderful staff parties we had when an employee retired or reached long service. I had a great 17 years at M&S and the training I received has helped me over the years.
    Mrs Janet Ogden
    I worked for M&S in the early 1970's at St Albans store and retired 3 years ago. I remember the beauty contest put on and I was runner up in one of them. I also remember the fashion show travelling around the country and all the models were M&S staff.
    Mrs Lynda Ladbrook
    I've been knitting since I was a student and keep my needles in an old M&S carrier bag. The bag recently developed a hole so I thought it time to throw it away. I looked at the old bag properly for the first time and realised I've been using it since 1984.
    M&S was my late mother's favourite shop. We would shop regularly and spent many saturday afternoons in M&S Wood Green. Now when I visit it's like she's with me telling what's nice and what's not.
    Teena Antonioiu
    When I was little my favourite food was tinned peach slices in heavy syrup with evaporated milk
    I remember mum and dad buying me a packet of chicken in a basket crisps to eat in the car on the way home from a long day shopping. Sadly you don't make them anymore - please bring them back. Also, chocolate tea cakes always appeared at parties - I continue this tradition for my kids! Thanks M&S.
    Samantha Corfield

    When I was christened 55 years ago, my godmother bought me a dress from M&S; it is a short sleeved, two layered lemon dress, in its own bag. In a few weeks times MY grandaughter is being christened and will be wearing the dress.

    mrs a harley