Marketing Team - 1978
 

These photographs were taken at the start of the TSB’s Annual R E Gillies Car Rally held on April 23rd 1978. The Bank’s team finished in third place with Gordon Hancock and John Rogers winning the L& N Trophy for best placed Vauxhall.

 

With the Rally starting at the TSB College at Shirley, Solihull, the Bank was represented by the General Manager (J W Hoccom), the Deputy General Manager (B R Endall) and members of the Bank’s Marketing Team.
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Members of the Bank's Marketing Team with a Rally entrant
Dick Atkins, Joe Hoccom, and Bunny Endall watch as
the Mayor of Solihull flags off a Rally entrant
 
 
 
 
Bunny Endall (back to camera) with the
Marketing Team inside TSB College
The Mayor of Solihull with Members of the Bank's Marketing Team:
Jacquelyn Peckham; Karen Hinz; and Jane Postans

A Commemorative Brochure regarding the R E Gillies Rally described the 1978 event as follows:

 

1978 – THE ONLY EVENT TO USE THE TSB COLLEGE & THE FIRST ONE TO BE STARTED BY A MAYOR

 

Started by the Mayor of Solihull from the TSB College, on 23 April 1978 to follow a route through the Vale of Evesham, Malvern Wells & Worcester to Stoke-on-Trent. The course included a level crossing at Tredington where the gates were opened by the lady gate-keeper, 54 times without complaint. There were 2 crashes (minor) including one by the eventual leading lady driver, with a gate post.

 

Marshals stayed the night at the Greswolde Hotel, Knowle during a brewery strike & had to cook their own breakfasts – or miss the start of the rally.

 

Prizes were presented by Mr H C Rodgers (Mid-Lancs & Merseyside TSB) at the North Staffordshire Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent.

 

Winners (Individual) – Mike & Ian Robson in a Viva from Yorkshire & Lincolnshire TSB.

            (Team) – Lancs & Cumbria TSB – Dave Bradbury & Peter Whalley (Marina), Bob Mawson & David Taylor (Triumph 2000) &

                             Bob Moorcroft & John Parker (Civic)

 

The Trust Company Cup was presented for the first time – leading Ford Entry,

 

1978 also saw the sad passing away of Mr R E Gillies, having joined the bank on the 18th October 1919. Described on his retirement as ‘this volatile, verbose and cheerful; member of staff’ he leaves behind him a perpetual memorial in the shape of the Gillies Trophy.
(Photographs supplied by Bob Fernie)
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