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Visit of the Chancellor of the Exchequer - 1955

On Saturday, February 12th 1955, the Chancellor of the Exchequer (The Rt Hon R A Butler), and the Chairman of the National Savings Movement (The Rt Hon Lord Mackintosh of Halifax) visited Birmingham to address a Rally in the Town Hall of National Savings Workers, in support of the campaign for Two Million New Savers.

Amongst other things, the Chancellor said "The great and continuing need of Britain today is for the savings of the many: small but regular; and in the aggregate a powerful contribution to future prosperity".


Before the Rally, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chairman of the National Savings Movement, together with prominent people interested in savings, were received at the Bank's Head Office by the Lord Mayor and the Chairman and members of the Bank Committee. The Campaign in Birmingham was a marked success, savings were stimulated and the target figure passed. The photographs below were taken at the lunchtime Head Office reception - in the top image, the Lord Mayor (Joseph Balmer) is flanked by the Chancellor (on his right) and Lord Halifax (on his left). The interior of the cards shown on the table, are reproduced alongside the photograph.