Couple’s 175 years of saving started with just a penny

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A COUPLE in their nineties have left a family legacy at a local bank after a meeting room was re-named in their honour.

Alice and Arthur Stansfield, of Todmorden, have both been saving with Yorkshire Bank since the age of four, a total of 175 years of joint saving.

In recognition of Mr and Mrs Stansfield’s long term custom, one of the meeting rooms at the branch on Halifax Road, Todmorden has been re-named the Stansfield Room.

Mr and Mrs Stansfield started to save a penny a week with the Yorkshire Penny Bank - which became Yorkshire Bank in 1959 - while they were both pupils at Roomfield Infants School.

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

Mr and Mrs Stansfield wrote to the bank to thank them for their service. The letter is now framed and on display in the branch.

Mrs Stansfield and her son, David, attended the unveiling of the Stansfield Room. “I’m happy that the bank has chosen to remember us in this unusual way,” she said.

Sonia Padkowska, manager at the Yorkshire Bank in Todmorden said: “We were delighted to hear from Mr and Mrs Stansfield and felt that it was only fitting to mark their loyalty to the bank 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.”