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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 mum taking me to M&S in Darlington where I was measured for my first bra. How grown up and embarrassed I felt!


    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
    My aunt worked at M&S Oxford Street branch in late 1940's/early 1950's and told me about services for staff including chiropody, hairdressing and being given proper hankies if they had a cold etc. They had much better conditions than many of the assistants in other stores and felt well cared for.
    Betty Wilson
    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
    My first visit to Marks & Spencer was the best!
    James Sullivan
    I worked at the marble arch store in the 70s and have many memories of working there. They treated their staff fantastic, we had a doctor, and a hairdresser on the premises. But the best was the coaches they put on to take the staff home! Oh happy days.
    Christine Stevens (newell)
    I always bought my underwear in M&S - those lovely co-ordinated sets with matching camisoles and petticoats, and all made in the UK in those days!
    I remember my Mum taking me to Oxford Street to buy a school cardigan (St Margaret) and my brother a jumper (St Michael) then off to tea at Lyons corner house. I got a watch for my 10th birthday with Siro in it - my Dad said it was probably an Oris? I am 71 now!! and still buying M&S x
    Jennifer Bannister
    Buttercream filled coconut meringue/macaroons (circa 1966????) 4 in a pack, bought as a very special treat from M&S in Wood Green on the way home from visiting my aunty, in our original Austin Mini!!! PS. I would love to see those back, I have never found anything to replace them.
    Jane Davis