More than 100 leading business people from Nottingham and Derby marked Yorkshire Bank’s 150th anniversary on Yorkshire Day.
Yorkshire Bank’s Financial Solutions Centre (FSC) in Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, held a landmark party to mark the year Colonel Edward Akroyd formed Yorkshire Penny Savings Bank in Leeds.
Wendy Burton-Webster, a business banking partner at the FSC in Nottingham, was chosen to cut the 150th anniversary cake as she marked 30 years’ of service with the company.
The bank’s local chairman Rob Metcalfe told guests 1859 marked the year Big Ben chimed for the first time and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities was published.
A prize draw including a bat signed by the 2009 Notts CCC first-team squad, a hamper containing Yorkshire produce and bottles of champagne raised £300 for the Nottinghamshire Hospice.
Carl Ashley, senior business partner of Yorkshire Bank’s FSC in Nottingham, said it had seemed appropriate to mark the bank’s 150th anniversary on Yorkshire Day.
“It was a really great event and we were delighted such a high number of business people from Nottingham and Derby could join us,” he said.
“It was a good opportunity to meet our customers over a cup of Yorkshire tea and afternoon cakes.
“Colonel Akroyd was the head of a woollen firm in Leeds and he established the bank for his workforce to help prevent hardship from unemployment, sickness and old age.
“Today we continue to stick to the sound principles of a traditional banking model and take a disciplined and prudent approach to risk, liquidity and capital.
“We are proud to have a loyal member base and trusted brand and strongly believe it continues to support our members and local communities through the good times and bad.”