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SPAR UK celebrated its 60th anniversary this month and invited every RDC and supplier down to Manchester to help celebrate the significant occasion.

To start off the anniversary celebrations on Friday, SPAR Scotland welcomed its retailers to the Marriot hotel. The night started with a Prosecco drinks reception followed by a buffet meal. The night was full of entertainment starting with singing waiters who got everyone up singing and dancing, casino tables, DJ and a Whisky & Vodka tasting supplied by Pernod Ricard.

On Saturday, SPAR UK started its celebrations with a fantastical funfair and celebratory festival at Manchester Central.  More than 1,700 people including suppliers, retailers and their families attended this spectacular event, which recognised the incredible past, present and future of SPAR in the UK.

Then, in the evening everyone attended a gala dinner hosted by TV presenter Angela Scanlon, the night was full of festivities including a range of musical treats, a banquet, and non-stop entertainment.

Fantastic prizes were up for grabs for SPAR retailers, including a car, tickets to the next SPAR conference in Tenerife and the biggest surprise of the evening – a 1.5 carat diamond was won by Janet Constable valued at £12,000!

An incredible £600,000 was raised and donated to Marie Curie which is SPAR’s national charity partner.

Dr Jane Collins, Marie Curie, said: “Thank you so much to SPAR UK for the phenomenal support you have given Marie Curie this year as we launched our exciting partnership together. The money raised will ensure we can be there for more people and their families living with a terminal illness right across the UK. SPAR UK’s support will enable families to make the most of the time they have left together; easing the pressure of caring for a loved one and creating memories they will treasure forever.”