Barclays promote Halifax to the Premier League!

LINDA RIORDAN opens the refurbished branch with (from the left) regional director David Steer, area director Lyndsay Kerr and branch manager Chris Swallow

LINDA RIORDAN opens the refurbished branch with (from the left) regional director David Steer, area director Lyndsay Kerr and branch manager Chris Swallow

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Halifax town centre was turned into a sea of blue to mark the official re-opening of the Barclays branch on Commercial Street.

Balloons and Barclay Guards added to the spectacle which included the Premier League trophy at the Woolshops Shopping Centre.

Shoppers were invited to have a free picture taken with the trophy and collect the print from the branch.

Throughout the day, street performer Spiky Will, and Elle and the Pocket Belles singing swing, entertained the crowds.

Manchester Utd fan Zack Jackson, 20, of Ovenden, Halifax, said he called into the branch to open an account and learned the trophy was in town and jumped at the chance to have his picture taken.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - I don’t think we will see it in Halifax again,” he said.

Halifax MP Linda Riordan cut the ribbon and had a tour of the branch which has had a complete make-over.

“I’m impressed and pleased to see investment in our town,” she said.

Branch manager Chris Swallow said the day went well and the refurbishment meant a broad spectrum of services are provided from one site.

Barclays Network Regional Director David Steer said Halifax was an important market for the bank.

“The branch embraces innovative technology and design which will enable customers to interact with us in a way that suits them in surroundings that are comfortable and accessible for all,” he said.

The Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice which supports Calderdale families held a raffle in the branch and Barclays will match funds raised.

The bank is the sponsor of the English Premier League.