Ulster Bank this week celebrated 175 years of providing banking services in Banbridge. The local branch, now located in Bridge Street, opened in January 1836 and was a mark of Ulster Bank’s desire to increase access to banking in towns and cities across Ireland.
Located on the road between Belfast and Dublin, Banbridge was at the heart of an important district for the manufacture of linen, and it’s spinning and weaving mills and bleaching greens spread for several miles along the banks of the river.
Commenting on the achievement, Mark Tumilty, Ulster Bank Banbridge Branch Manager, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating this milestone anniversary today and I’m delighted that so many people from the local community have been here to help us celebrate today.”
“One hundred and seventy five years since we first opened for business our customers are as important to us as ever. When customers told us they wanted banking to be fair, easy and local to the community, we responded with our Customer Commitments to help us deliver the helpful banking service our customers expect from us. While some things have changed our commitment to customers remains, and so as we turn 175, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their continued support.”
Ulster Bank, which pioneered many important initiatives to increase access to banking, was founded on 1st July 1836 by a group of Belfast businessmen who wanted to create a bank for the local business community. As part of Ulster Bank’s 175 celebrations a donation has been give to the Linen Hall Library to enable the digitisation of the Library’s acclaimed Theatre and Performing Arts Archive, which includes local theatre treasures from across Northern Ireland.
To celebrate the historic event in Banbridge, Ulster Bank held a Customer Day at the branch on Friday 20th January. Customers were welcomed to the branch to meet the staff and enjoy some refreshments.