Customers and former employees of one of Banbury’s longest-standing banks gathered with current staff for a re-launch party on Monday.
Lloyds Bank on High Street hosted the event to celebrate its UK-wide re-branding and separation from former partner TSB.
Customers enjoyed tea and cake and were able to chat to staff at the branch, which also unveiled a new shop front.
Former employees Denise De Felice, 68, who worked at the branch for 19 years, and Jean Chester, 85, who was employed for 37 years, were on hand to share their memories of the bank over the years. Both said they were happy to see the bank re-establish itself with the independent Lloyds name. Mrs Chester said: “They were wonderful employers. The managers were always lovely and approachable and would always help.”
Asked what she thought of the banks continued commitment to maintaining a large branch to serve the Banbury community, Mrs De Felice said: “It’s so important because we are in a rural community with no other big towns around, so it’s great to have somewhere central to go.
Mrs Chester added:“It’s a happy day for us because Lloyds always had a very good name .”
Branch Manager Kamran Farooq said the focus of the re-launch is on building better relations with the Banbury community.
“We want to know what the community wants, that’s really important,” he said.
“We want to integrate more into the community and build relations with local businesses.”
The branch is open 9am-5pm weekdays, 9pm-7pm on Thursdays and 9am-4pm on Saturdays.
Mr Farooq said new products such as free first month interest payments for first-time buyers will provide much needed help for residents on the housing ladder.
Find out more at www.lloydsbank.com