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M&S celebrates milestone 50th anniversary of trading in NI

Marks and Spencer celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary of trading in Northern Ireland

HIGH street retailer Marks and Spencer marks 50 years of trading in Northern Ireland today.

The company opened its first store in Donegall Place on September 7 1967 and to celebrate the retailer's milestone 50th anniversary a series of events are held in the Belfast city centre store.

Food tastings and styling sessions are among the events while customers can also visit a temporary exhibition featuring highlights from the Marks and Spencer archive including trends and artefacts from the last 50 years.

M&S traded fully throughout the Troubles and has since expanded to 20 stores employing 3,000 people.

New stores have recently been announced at Aldergrove and Carrickfergus, as well as a relocation of the Newry store to The Quays Shopping Complex.

The retailer also announced today it will open a new food hall in Craigavon next year.

 A dress that was on sale in M&S in 1972

 This mini dress was on sale in M&S in 1968

 Outfits sold in M&S in the 1950s and 1970s

 If you remember this staff uniform then you shopped in M&S between 1993 and 2000

 And if you remember this staff uniform then you're older again because it was worn between 1987 and 1993

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