M&S serves up celebration of the 1950s in Leeds

REFLECTING ON THE PAST: Make-up artist Jennifer Reeve, from Le Keux Vintage Salon, at the M&S. PIC: James Hardisty
REFLECTING ON THE PAST: Make-up artist Jennifer Reeve, from Le Keux Vintage Salon, at the M&S. PIC: James Hardisty
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THE Marks & Spencer company archive in Leeds was rocking and rolling at the weekend as it staged a celebration of the 1950s.

Dance classes, musical entertainment, retro fashion displays and special screenings of cinema adverts from the decade were all organised for the free event, which took place at the University of Leeds-based archive building on Saturday.

Visitors were encouraged to dress up for the occasion and they could also turn back the clock by treating themselves to a 1950s-style hairdo, courtesy of Le Keux Vintage Salon.

Speaking ahead of the event, M&S archive and outreach officer Katie Cameron said: “The 1950s saw real social change and awakening as well as an explosion of popular culture.”

Retail giant M&S famously started life as a penny bazaar in Leeds’s Kirkgate Market in 1884.

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