A retired M&S cook who spent a quarter of a century serving up lunches to staff has revisited the store for a final time.Marjorie Guard, 98, worked in the kitchen at the Deal High Street shop from 1956 and 1981.In a trip organised by her friend Jill Solley, she was given a special one hour tour of the premises, led by clothes and home manager Nicola Marsh, last Wednesday ahead of its closure on Saturday. Describing the outing as “lovely” she noted how much the building and its operations have changed since she retired 38 years ago.She said: “They showed me the kitchen where I used to work and I can hardly imagine it now.”Now, they get a cup off the wall and help themselves. They have to wash their dishes themselves and put them away. There’s no cooked meals now, they have microwaves.”All the staff paid was one threepence each for a three course dinner – Marjorie GuardMs Guard had been working as domestic staff at Deal Hospital when she saw an advert for a cook in the East Kent Mercury in 1956.Having secured the job, she worked full time from 7.30am until 5.30pm with a half day on… Read full this story
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