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Wednesday, July 22, 1998 Published at 07:56 GMT 08:56 UK


Nipping to teashop bash

Nippies were so called because of the speed at which they worked

A number of women once known as "Nippies" are due to attend a special reunion.

More than 100 former Lyons tea shop waitresses - who earned the "Nippy" nickname because of the speed at which they worked - are to be honoured by the company.

[ image: The comapny is still making cakes]
The comapny is still making cakes
The last of the Lyons' corner houses shut in the 1970s because they were too labour intensive.

But the company is still making cakes and celebrating its 90th anniversary.

To mark the occasion it has arranged for its "Nippies" to London from across the globe for the get-together.

The oldest "Nippie" due to attend the party on Wednesday is 106-year-old Mary Clark.

Many of her former colleagues are now over 75.

The event also marks the relaunch of Lyons' range of cakes.

Cake boxes now sport images of the "Nippies" along with information about the famous Corner Houses.

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