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Retirement of Harold Carver - 1957
Harold Carver, OBE, retired as the Bank's second General Manager on February 14th 1957. A dinner to mark the occasion was held in the Broad Street Head Office on March 20th 1957. In the background of the photograph below, a portrait of the Bank's first General Manager (J P Hilton) oversees the diners - Mr Carver's portrait was later hung alongside. The caption to the original photograph states:Complimentary Dinner to Mr H Carver to mark his retirement as General Manager, March 20th 1957, but no information was provided as to who the guests were. A number of the diners are recognisable as Branch Managers, but the number of attendees is small when the Bank had almost 70 branches at this time. Mr Carver is fourth from the right on the top table - and appears to be wearing his OBE. Of the four rows of diners (right to left) the following have been recognised:

First Row:         Geoff Thomas and Charles Harper (the two nearest the camera); Marian Smith (third seat); Stanley Guy (fourth seat);
Second Row:   Hedley Massey (fifth seat);
Third Row:       Jack Raftery (second seat); Norman Ling (fifth seat);
Fourth Row:     Frank Jones (second seat)

Jack Raftery and Stanley Guy were both to attain the position of General Manager.

Charles Harper was an accomplished pianist, and appears to have some sheet music below his chair - see the Menu Card (below)
Harold Carver's recollections of the early days of the Bank are reproduced at Early Days at Sparkbrook Branch; he was appointed General Manager following the retirement of J P Hilton on March 24th 1946. At that time he was 55 years of age and had been in the service of Birmingham Corporation for 39 years - 26 with the Bank, and 12 with the Gas Department.
The three members of staff providing the evening's entertainment are listed on the Menu Card, and are sitting nearest the camera