This local bank is set to celebrate its staying power

As it was  ... the Williams Deacon's bank at Stoops Hall, now a branch of
As it was ... the Williams Deacon's bank at Stoops Hall, now a branch of
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Following news that the Garstang branch of HSBC is to close, another bank is busy preparing to celebrate a significant anniversary.

The Royal Bank of Scotland branch, also on High Street, Garstang, will mark its 30th “birthday” with a special display of photographs and information about its history and location this Friday. Both customers and non customers will be welcome to visit the bank to see the display.

Canon Ron Greenall, who writes our Reverent Reflections column, said: “Williams Deacon’s Bank opened in Garstang in 1970. The directors had noticed much development in Garstang as a market town and in 1968 the bank purchased premises here.

“The property, part of Stoops Hall, was erected in 1882 and was before the bank took it over a boot and shoe retail business and then childrenswear shop From Tops to Tails.

“The new branch opened on January 27, 1970. Later the bank was amalgamated into William & Glyn’s Bank Ltd and in 1985 it was involved in the merger with the Royal Bank of Scotland.”

RBS and its predecessors are comparative newcomers compared to HSBC and its predecessors. HSBC told the Courier : “Our branch has been in Garstang since 1864.”