Farewell NatWest, Hello Post Office Banking
Bank manager Chris Elgie locked the door of the Sark branch of NatWest Bank for the final time at the end of March bringing to an end ninety years of history. The bank originally opened for business on the 14th April 1925 as the Sark branch of the National Provincial Bank. The single storey tin building remained open during the Occupation and was replaced with the current stone building and its quirky clock tower in the 1950s. Chris has been the manager for nineteen years but will be staying in Sark. Friends and customers joined him on Friday to celebrate his (slightly early) retirement. All is not lost for NatWest customers though as Sark Post Office has now taken over the banking services offering card withdrawals, cash exchange and paying in facilities. On Monday morning Sark’s senior lady resident, Mrs Norma Bichard, was the first customer to use the Post Office NatWest banking services and was presented with a gift by post mistress Caroline Langford and assistant Belinda Dunks. Sark Post Office also offers foreign exchange facilities to all its customers as well as the extensive range of products on sale at the Gallery Stores where it is based.
Pictures and words by Sue Daly
Chris locks up for the last time
A gift from friends & customers
A toast to the bank
The first Post Office banking customer, Mrs Norma Bichard