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M&S Keighley celebrates centenary of trading

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Marks & Spencer Keighley is celebrating its 100 year anniversary of trading with a special centenary event for customers and a trip down memory lane of the store’s history.

The store will mark its anniversary on  Friday, October 25, with a special event, giving customers as well as current and former employees the chance to celebrate the store’s significant milestone.

Shoppers will be treated to a full day of celebratory entertainment including a delicious food and wine tasting while enjoying a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz.

During the celebrations customers will also have the chance to learn more about the 129 year history of M&S, from its beginnings as a Penny Bazaar market stall to an international retailer, courtesy of the M&S Company Archive.

A temporary Marks in Time exhibition will showcase M&S’ heritage, including imagery, documents and examples of products sold throughout the company’s history, as well  a 1940s replica employee uniform.

Some members of staff will also wear the  replica uniforms of those worn by employees in Keighley in 1949.

Clare Cooke, store manager at M&S Keighley, said:

“So much has happened to M&S Keighley over the past 100 years.

“The store has had a presence on Low Street since 1913 although the town’s first Marks & Spencer opened in 1902 at the Royal Arcade.

“Customers will remember lots of historic events from our history in the town – from the store surviving fire damage in 1958, to growth and refurbishment of the store in the 1960’s.

“As one of the longest standing retailers in town, this is an important milestone for both the store and our community.

“We are looking forward to celebrating this historic occasion with our great customers and here’s to another 100 years of Marks & Spencer in Keighley.”

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