Eastbourne M&S set to mark centenary

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STAFF at M&S Eastbourne are gearing up for a historic celebration as the store commemorates its landmark 100th birthday on Friday July 27.

The store, which is located at 133 Terminus Road, is preparing to host a full three days of exciting centenary celebrations for customers to enjoy.

On the day of the anniversary the store will host an official birthday party, with a range of activities for customers, including a visit from the Mayor of Eastbourne councillor Mike Thompson, food tasting, a children’s colouring competition and face painting.

There will also be live music from a local solo artist and a performance by a harpist from the Royal Pavilion Brighton.

Staff members will be dressing up for the occasion in old M&S uniforms and will be inviting a number of visitors to the store, including two of M&S Eastbourne’s oldest former employees, who will be sharing their M&S memories.

From Thursday July 26, visitors to the store can enjoy the ‘Marks in Time’ exhibition. The display features more than 100 years of the store’s history with original products and items from across the decades.

Eastbourne M&S was originally at 51 Terminus Road but relocated after the Second World War when it was destroyed by a German bomber.

Two 300 kilogram semi-armour bombs hit the rear of the store and sadly killed 18 people, including an M&S staff member. Following its destruction the store temporary opened at 110 Terminus Road in 1943, before a new store was built in 1955 at its current home.

Graham Paine, M&S Eastbourne store manager, said, “So much has happened to M&S Eastbourne over the past 100 years; the store has relocated three times yet never moved off the Terminus Road!

“We are one of the longest standing retailers in town, so this is an important milestone for both the store and our customers. We are very excited to be welcoming customers to visit us and enjoy our special celebrations to mark this historic occasion.”