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Branch Openings: 1929 to 1932
 
The Bank recorded each of the official openings of its permanent branches with a series of photographs. This series normally included views of the branch's exterior and interior; a copy of the commemoration tablet affixed to an interior wall of the branch; a record of the dignitaries who attended the opening ceremony; and photographs of the assembled crowd. Selections of photographs from these events are included in individual branch entries - this page portrays other aspects from opening ceremonies in the years 1929 to 1932.

Little Bromwich -
June 8th 1929:

The Lady Mayoress (Mrs W Byng Kenrick) arriving to perform the opening ceremony. She is accompanied by the Bank's Chairman, Sir Percival Bower
 

Horse Fair -
May 3rd 1930
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most of the early opening ceremonies attracted large crowds. This record of the event also illustrates a typical street view of the 1930s - tram lines run down the centre of the road, and a tram is visible in the distance
Billesley -
July 5th 1930
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the crowd assembled for this opening ceremony have been recorded by the Bank's photographer enjoying a warm summer's day
Billesley -
July 5th 1930
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The Lady Mayoress (Mrs M L Lancaster) performed the opening ceremony, and is seen here, receiving a bouquet of flowers
Wheeler Street -
May 9th 1931
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The Lord Mayor (Alderman W W Saunders) arrives for the branch opening, accompanied by the Bank's General Manager (J P Hilton)
Perry Common -
July 4th 1931
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on this occasion, less than two months after the Wheeler Street opening, the photographer has chosen to record the same Lord Mayor entering his limousine to leave the event
Sandwell -
July 18th 1931
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an unusual aspect has been utilised to record the crowd at Sandwell's opening. The branch occupied a large corner site, and the photographer appears to have taken this view from the a first floor window (facing Holyhead Road) above the adjoining Electric Supply Department
Oldbury -
April 30th 1932
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on this occasion, the approaching dignitaries arriving for the ceremony, are in the background, rather than being in the foreground of the photograph
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