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In my day: We quiz Audrey Spence on the time of her life.

Q. What was your decade?

A. The 1990s. I worked for Gallaher's tobacco company and was their only female representative in Northern Ireland. I then moved into the bar and restaurant trade before having my daughter in 1996 and starting in healthcare in 1998.

Q. What was life like?

A. The only word to describe it was fabulous. I worked hard and had an amazing social life. With Gallaher's I had six-month placements in Manchester and Cardiff so it was exciting to work in new cities and experience a different way of life.

Q. What were you listening to?

A. I was a Madonna and Spice Girls fan.

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Q. And the style?

A. I loved off the shoulder gypsy tops and tie-dye T-shirts.

Q. What has changed?

A. My daughter is 18 now and she doesn't go out until 11pm – I find that the strangest thing as we would have been out from 7pm.

Q. What was better back then?

A. There were a lot of live bands such as Sunshine, and The Bizz playing in venues across the country and they provided great entertainment.

  • Audrey Spence is managing director of Independent Healthcare Solutions (IHS)

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