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    These memories tell a unique story of M&S through the eyes of our customers and employees

    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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    As a school child it was always a real treat to have a packed lunch for a school trip with M&S food. The crisps were, and still are, the best available. I also remember the gold, foil-wrapped tea cakes which seemed huge.

    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
    My memory is of the time when my father was Manager of the Swindon store. He came home and expressed concern about what was to happen to his staff after Lord Marks had decided to reduce the amount of paperwork used in ordering. He said he should trust those he employed and not need all this paper!
    Christopher Venables
    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 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 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
    I can remember my Nan telling me about when she was a girl and M&S was then called The 1d [Penny] Bazaar.
    Mrs Linda D Goldsmith
    I have always loved M&S but my fondest memory will always be 2011 when my grand-daughter Ella from Wakefield, West Yorkshire modelled the Autumn/Winter children's collection, she was the artist in the Do Your Thing competition. We were so very proud of her.
    Linda Greensmith
    My earliest memory of M&S was my nan telling me stories of when as a little girl herself they used to shop when it was called 1d bazzar! I am now 64 years old. Then, when I started shopping in Marks & Spencer it was before self service, and each department had it's very own counter. Priceless!!!!!
    Linda Goldsmith