I remember the first time my mum gave me Percy Pigs in my lunch box. Best day at school EVER.
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.
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...
I remember as a small boy in the 1950s having to accompany my mother to the Aberdeen shop, which I thought had the brightest, hottest shop lights in Aberdeen, so much so that I wanted to get outside as soon as possible!
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 :-)
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 remember Saturday mornings. My Nana, Mum and sister would take the train from our village into Glasgow to shop at The Argyle Street Marks & Spencer store. Our first stop was at the cafe, where we had tea and chocolate wafers, our favourites. Then we had a great time shopping!
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.
My mother would take us kids twice a year to M&S clothes shopping.. winter and summer. She would also get elastic top trousers for herself :)) My brother would often hide in the store after collecting the size tags off the top of the hangers.. Good memories, but miss Mum who is with the angels now.