Retired primary school teacher Janet Service was the VIP guest when the TSB bank made its return to Falkirk High Street.
The Laurieston pensioner, who has been a loyal customer of the bank in both its TSB and Lloyds TSB guises all her life, was invited to cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony by branch manager David Flavell while Falkirk bairn, infant James Cairns, opened his first bank account.
At similar events across the district William Ramage, the first manager of the TSB in Grangemouth, opened the new branch there while, in Denny, long-serving account holders Sadie Robertson and Tom Wands were both happy to be asked to ‘do the honours’.
The TSB was absorbed by Lloyds in 1995 but, after an absence of 18 years, is a standalone bank once again with a network of 631 branches, four call centres, an award-winning internet bank, mobile banking apps and 8500 staff.
Chief executive Paul Pester claimed: “TSB is pioneering a return to ‘local banking’. We look forward to serving Falkirk’s communities and welcomes customers old and new. Every penny of their savings will only fund mortages and loans in local communities.”
The TSB Bank has more than 4.6 million customers.