STAFF at Hartlepool’s Asda superstore got into the party spirit yesterday as they kicked off the company’s 50th birthday celebrations.
Those who work at the store, in Marina Way, were encouraged to start the birthday celebrations by dressing colourfully and in the style of the 1960s.
The 60s theme was chosen due to the fact ASDA was founded in 1965, with the supermarket chain celebrating its 50th birthday later this year.
More events are expected to take place over the coming months, but yesterday was the first, and a party atmosphere was created at the Hartlepool store.
Joanne Tweddle, community colleague at the store, said: “We’re building up to the big birthday party later in the year, and this was a very enjoyable way to start.
“Lots of my colleagues were wearing 1960s clothes, there was a birthday cake brought in and lots of other little activities going on.
“One of the staff was dressed like a cowboy!
“We had the music on and it was very colourful, with some people coming in with funny hairstyles as well.”
The supermarket chain’s history actually traces back to the 1920s, but the Asda name only emerged in 1965 when a group of supermarkets merged together.