Long-serving M&S staff look forward to exciting times ahead

Store manager Andy Crum with Jackie Cammidge and Lesley Whittaker, left

Store manager Andy Crum with Jackie Cammidge and Lesley Whittaker, left

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As one of the oldest Marks & Spencers stores celebrates a new future, long serving staff have been looking back over their years of keeping customers happy.

The York Pavement branch, which started out as a Penny Bazaar in 1907, has been redeveloped to the Fashion and Food departments under one roof.

With a collective 80 years of service between them, Jackie Cammidge and Lesley Whittaker are looking forward to the exciting times ahead.

Jackie joined M&S straight from school in 1972 and is now the Customer Assistant Recruiter responsible for hiring the whole team.

She said: “I remember when the store covered just two floors and the clothes were displayed on style counters rather than hangers.”

Lesley started work at the M&S York Pavement store in 1967 and says a highlight was the staff canteen.

“We had a staff cook called Ethel who would make a roast dinner every week always followed by a delicious homemade pudding,” she said.

“It was great to sit down and have a proper dinner with your colleagues after a long day. It’s amazing how the family feel has stayed throughout the years.”

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12:31pm Mon 26 May 14

bolero says...

Pity some work hadn't been carried out on the exterior. What a shabby looking building on a main thoroughfare of a city.
Pity some work hadn't been carried out on the exterior. What a shabby looking building on a main thoroughfare of a city. bolero
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9:29pm Mon 26 May 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Either they got the date wrong or if Lesley started there in 1967 she is very young looking for her age.
Either they got the date wrong or if Lesley started there in 1967 she is very young looking for her age. Pinza-C55
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1:02am Wed 28 May 14

Magicman! says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Either they got the date wrong or if Lesley started there in 1967 she is very young looking for her age.
Think the Press have got 'left' and 'right' mixed up in the photo caption.
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Either they got the date wrong or if Lesley started there in 1967 she is very young looking for her age.[/p][/quote]Think the Press have got 'left' and 'right' mixed up in the photo caption. Magicman!
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