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 that
includes Jacquelyn Peckham 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)