Retirement of Harold Carver - 1957
Harold Carver, OBE, retired as the Bank's second General Manager on February 14th 1957. A dinner to mark the occasion was held in
the Broad Street Head Office on March 20th 1957. In the background of the photograph below, a portrait of the Bank's first General
Manager (J P Hilton) oversees the diners - Mr Carver's portrait was later hung alongside. The caption to the original photograph states:Complimentary Dinner to Mr H Carver to mark his retirement as General Manager, March 20th 1957, but no information was provided as
to who the guests were. A number of the diners are recognisable as Branch Managers, but the number of attendees is small when the
Bank had almost 70 branches at this time. Mr Carver is fourth from the right on the top table - and appears to be wearing his OBE.
Of the four rows of diners (right to left) the following have been recognised:
Geoff Thomas and Charles Harper (the two nearest the camera); Marian Smith (third seat); Stanley Guy (fourth seat);
Hedley Massey (fifth seat);
Third Row: Jack Raftery (second seat); Norman Ling (fifth seat);
Row: Frank Jones (second seat)
Jack Raftery and Stanley Guy were both to attain the position of General Manager.
Harper was an accomplished pianist, and appears to have some sheet music below his chair - see the Menu Card (below)
recollections of the early days of the Bank are reproduced at Early Days at Sparkbrook Branch; he was appointed General Manager following
the retirement of J P Hilton on March 24th 1946. At that time he was 55 years of age and had been in the service of Birmingham Corporation
for 39 years - 26½ with the Bank, and 12½ with the Gas Department.
The three members of staff providing the evening's entertainment are listed on the Menu Card, and are sitting nearest the camera