A UTTOXETER bank is celebrating 150 years of offering its services to the town.
Barclays, in High Street, has thanked all of its staff and customers who have passed through the doors during the last century and a half as it marks the milestone event.
The branch was opened in 1863 as one of the newly formed Midland Banking Company’s first branches.
At the time the office operated under the management of Mr R M Ginders, who had been appointed as the first manager on an annual salary of £200, with a promise of a £50 rise if the level of credit balances at the new branch were to reach £25,000.
Martin Warrilow, Barclays branch manager at Uttoxeter, said “To provide banking services to the people of Uttoxeter for over 150 years is quite an achievement.
“Things have definitely changed since 1863 and technology has had a major impact on banking.
“We now have free Wi-Fi at the branch for customers and services such as “Ping-it” which enables customers to transfer payments via mobile phone numbers.
“The thought of Barclays having more than five million online customer’s in 1863, conducting transactions across the world, from the comfort of their armchair or from a mobile device would have been inconceivable.
“While traditional banking may have changed, the staff still pride themselves on great customer service and a commitment to the local community.”