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Branch Openings: 1929 to 1932
The Bank recorded each of the official openings of its permanent branches with a series of photographs. This series normally included views of the branch's exterior and interior; a copy of the commemoration tablet affixed to an interior wall of the branch; a record of the dignitaries who attended the opening ceremony; and photographs of the assembled crowd. Selections of photographs from these events are included in individual branch entries - this page portrays other aspects from opening ceremonies in the years 1929 to 1932.

Little Bromwich -
June 8th 1929:

The Lady Mayoress (Mrs W Byng Kenrick) arriving to perform the opening ceremony. She is accompanied by the Bank's Chairman, Sir Percival Bower

Horse Fair -
May 3rd 1930
most of the early opening ceremonies attracted large crowds. This record of the event also illustrates a typical street view of the 1930s - tram lines run down the centre of the road, and a tram is visible in the distance
Billesley -
July 5th 1930
the crowd assembled for this opening ceremony have been recorded by the Bank's photographer enjoying a warm summer's day
Billesley -
July 5th 1930
The Lady Mayoress (Mrs M L Lancaster) performed the opening ceremony, and is seen here, receiving a bouquet of flowers
Wheeler Street -
May 9th 1931
The Lord Mayor (Alderman W W Saunders) arrives for the branch opening, accompanied by the Bank's General Manager (J P Hilton)
Perry Common -
July 4th 1931
on this occasion, less than two months after the Wheeler Street opening, the photographer has chosen to record the same Lord Mayor entering his limousine to leave the event
Sandwell -
July 18th 1931
an unusual aspect has been utilised to record the crowd at Sandwell's opening. The branch occupied a large corner site, and the photographer appears to have taken this view from the a first floor window (facing Holyhead Road) above the adjoining Electric Supply Department
Oldbury -
April 30th 1932
on this occasion, the approaching dignitaries arriving for the ceremony, are in the background, rather than being in the foreground of the photograph