A member of Marks & Spencer’s lingerie team, who has been with the company’s Worcester branch for 40 years, has been honoured at a special champagne reception in London.

Diane Repton joined M&S Worcester in 1975 when she was 25-years-old. At that time, stock was kept under the counter and crimplene fabric was all the rage.

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She originally started out in the food department but then moved onto clothing, joining the lingerie team four years ago.

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The company said she is regularly recognised by customers for her attentive help and advice on lingerie fitting, an area in which she holds exceptional knowledge and expertise.

“I have often been referred to as the resident expert for queries on vests and knickers!” she told the Worcester Observer. “I appreciate every opportunity the company has given me and it has been wonderful to remain with M&S to hit another anniversary.”

As part of the celebrations, Diane joined 62 other long-serving colleagues from across the UK, all of whom were celebrating 25, 40 or 50 years’ service at the company.