|Rushden Echo & Argus, 9th May 1958, transcribed by Kay Collins
New Trustee Bank Premises Open
Since Rushden's branch of the Northampton and County Trustee Savings Bank was opened in October, 1945, the number of depositors has risen from 79 to 3,925. With the constant increase in business it was realised that the offices were inadequate and on Thursday, Earl Spencer, president of the bank, officially opened new and larger premises in High Street.
The new offices are more spacious, brighter, and afford better conditions for the staff of three. Clients find the panelled walls and airy appearance welcoming with plenty of room should they attend during a busy period. The branch is the fourth to be re-housed in the past 18 months, and is in a spot not far from the original premises.
Earl Spencer was handed the key to the front door and after unlocking the door led a number of admiring visitors inside. He said that the branch was one of 13,050 throughout the country serving nine million people with deposits of more than £1,250 million.
He said it was just one unit of a vast national organisation with the guarantee and support of the State. An integral part of the National Savings movement playing an important part in the economic affairs of the nation.
He concluded: "Its success is due to its reputation for good service and the new premises will give new opportunities for the people of the town and district."
Mr. H. C. Perrin (chairman of the general committee of management) said that the average deposit in the branch was £121. On April 20 there were 3,925 depositors with £477,575. He said the question of new premises had been discussed several times and he was glad that the change had now been made.
As president of Rushden Council of Churches the Rev. Alan R. Braybrooks conducted a benediction and dedication of the new offices.
Thanks to Earl Spencer for his support were expressed by Mr. J. L. Wilson (Rushden committee chairman) and Ald. H. R. Patenall, one of the honorary trustees and managers. Further comments about the premises were made by Mr. A. Fletcher and Mr. E. S. D. Moore.
The opening ceremony was followed by a tea for the trustees and guests, at the Queen Victoria Hotel.