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Natwest celebrates 175 years in Horsham

The Horsham branch of Natwest in the Carfax celebrated 175 years of service to the community on Tuesday, June 18.

Staff in the branch came in dressed in period clothing to celebrate the historical town branch.

The bank was opened by Surrey, Kent and Sussex Bank originally on West Street in 1838, and it was then moved to the Carfax in 1897. It moved to its current location in 1966.

In 1968 the Westminster Bank, National Provincial Bank and District bank were combined and from January 1979, were known as National Westminster Bank.

CEO for the Crawley and Gatwick area, Stephanie Dickinson said: “There are not many banks that have been open that long. This branch has a great team in the middle of the Carfax and we don’t ever want to move. The branch also supports a lot of local events and the Rotary Club. It’s very much a part of Horsham town.”

One customer brought a selection of items to Tuesday’s event from when the bank first opened in Horsham including a sign and an old nameplate.

The regional director, Kevin Guy, was also in attendance for the celebrations. He said: “Some of the other branches we have celebrated have been around for 100 years, so it’s really good to celebrate one that’s been open for such a long time.

“We’re really proud to serve the local community of horsham, and we still have the same passion today we had 175 years ago.”

The event was also attended by Francis and Bill Meredith who have been banking with the branch for 70 years, and opened the bank for business on it’s birthday.

Later in the evening an event for local businesses to attend took place with food provided by Carmela.

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