John Lewis staff get in the Norwich City spirit

John Lewis Caneries. Pictured: Andrea Ferguson, Terry Austin, Laura Jackson, Sophie Rudkin and Tom M

John Lewis Caneries. Pictured: Andrea Ferguson, Terry Austin, Laura Jackson, Sophie Rudkin and Tom Marrison. Picture: SUPPLIED - Credit: SUPPLIED

It could have been match day – a sea of yellow and green with a canary mascot to boot.

John Lewis, Norwich staff on the coach heading to the Birmingham event.

John Lewis, Norwich staff on the coach heading to the Birmingham event. - Credit: Archant

It could have been match day – a sea of yellow and green with a canary mascot to boot.

But the lively scenes were not at Carrow Road. Instead it was department store staff paying homage to their home city to celebrate the businesses' 150th birthday.

More than 100 employees from John Lewis in Norwich descended on the LG Arena in Birmingham this weekend to mark the company's milestone.

And while other branches took the more demure option, Norfolk's staff decided to go all things Norwich City for the big event.


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Clad in green trousers and yellow T-shirts with Delia Smith's famous rallying call 'Let's be 'avin' you' proudly written on the front, the Norwich team stood out.

Women's wear manager Sophie Rudkin, 25, was one of the five staff members who lead the All Saints Green branch team through the stadium before the live music began.

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She said: 'We were a sea of sea of yellow and green, definitely the loudest in the arena. Everybody knew we were there.

'We love Norwich, and we wanted to be something that was unique and would really stand out from the crowd. 'Norwich City was the obvious choice and it really worked for us.'

Singer Paloma Faith and presenter Davina McCall were among the famous faces at the party.

Richard Marks, branch manager, said he felt a huge amount of pride at how his staff represented the shop and the city at the event. 'Over 100 Partners from Norwich attended the event and all waved their green and yellow banners throughout the evening,' he said.

'The whole event was uplifting and exciting a real once in a lifetime and unforgettable event.'

Have you celebrated a milestone event in an unusual way? Email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk

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