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Golden Jubilee (1969): Staff Dinner - Assembly Room

The Bank's Chairman (Denis Martineau) proposes the toast to "Her Majesty the Queen"
at the dinner held to celebrate the Bank's Golden Jubilee. Mrs Martineau is on his right; to his immediate left is Denis Howell, who is next to the Bank's Deputy General Manager - Bernard Hayward

Denis Howell proposes the toast "The Birmingham Municipal Bank". At the time, Mr Howell held the position of Joint Parliamentary
Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science (but was known as the 'Minister for Sport') and was the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Small Heath

Len Wright (on behalf of the retired members of staff) responds to the toast by Alderman Lewis. The staff enjoying this response include Bert Wilner (with pipe) and Gerry Copsey

Alderman W R Lewis responds to the toast (proposed by Denis Martineau) "Staff and Retired Members". On Alderman Lewis's left are Eric Howlett and Cecil Selwyn - also on the top table, at the left edge of the photograph is Bernard Hayward, who is facing (far to near) Tony Green, John Clemmow, Jim Allkins, and Neville Alsop

Menu & Invitation

The Staff Association Chairman (David Wilkinson), replies on behalf of the staff.

On his right is Ian Galloway (Staff Association Secretary); on his left a are Elsie Jones and Frank Hood


A general view of the diners in the Assembly Room (for a larger image click here).


On the far wall are portraits of four previous General Managers

(left to right):

 - Jack Raftery;

 - Harold Sutherland;

 - J P Hilton;

 - Harold Carver


The small round plaque, next to Mr Raftery's portrait, commemorates members of staff who died in the Second World War.


World War II Memorial Plaque