Bank honours couple who saved there for 175 years

Alice Stansfield, 93, outside the room at Yorkshire Bank, Todmorden, which has been named after her and her husband Arthur, 92. The couple have saved at the bank for a total of 175 years
Alice Stansfield, 93, outside the room at Yorkshire Bank, Todmorden, which has been named after her and her husband Arthur, 92. The couple have saved at the bank for a total of 175 years

A COUPLE in their 90s have had a room named after them at the bank they have saved at for a staggering total of 175 years.

Arthur Stansfield, 92, and his wife Alice, 93, were both four when they opened accounts at Todmorden branch of the Yorkshire Bank.

They remember starting to save at what was then known as the Yorkshire Penny Bank when they were both pupils at Roomfield Infants School, Todmorden.

Mrs Stansfield said: “My husband and I both used to save a penny a week with the Yorkshire Penny Bank when they came into school, although we didn’t know each other in those days. We were very young.

“We used to queue up to pay in our money and I remember the grey pass book they used to stamp.”

As adults, the couple then used the branch when it was based on the corner of White Hart Fold and Burnley Road.

They now use the branch in its new location in Halifax Road and visit at least once a month to get their statements.

Mrs Stansfield said: “We’re still saving with Yorkshire Bank today and have recently welcomed two baby great-grand-daughters into the family.

“That side of the family is over in Germany so with our savings we’ve been able to send over some lovely gifts to mark the new arrivals.

“Throughout the years our experience with Yorkshire Bank has been a positive one. The service has always been very good and I’m happy the bank has chosen to remember us in this unusual way.”

David, son of the lifelong customers, attended the unveiling of the Stansfield room along with his mum, welcomed by all six of the branch’s employees.

A letter from the couple thanking staff for their service is framed and on display. Sonia Padkowska, branch manager, said: “We were delighted to hear from Mr and Mrs Stansfield and felt that it was only fitting to mark their loyalty in some way.

“Their letter was so lovely and we’ll always think of them when we’re using the Stansfield room. It was wonderful to hear from two such satisfied customers.”