Last June saw the retirement from the Staff of Leonard Arthur Wright after more than 47 years of service with the Bank. "Len" was one of the dwindling band of stalwarts who joined the Staff shortly after the end of the First World War - virtually growing up with it; taking part in its growth from its modest beginning to the institution it is to-day.
A man of firm decision and logic and a Branch Manager of long-standing he was in charge of Kings Heath Branch during the last 13 years of his service and earned the reputation and friendship of all those with whom he came in contact - colleagues and customers alike.
Enthusiastic in his work, he was also a keen sportsman, serving the Bank cricket team well; he was a fine golfer, whilst on the open road he was extremely fond of motor-cycling and, later, motoring.
His rare and adaptable sense of humour is still as keen as ever and well known to most of us. We all congratulate him on his long service and wish him well for the future, with continuing good health for both his wife Ethel and himself over what is hoped will be a long and happy retirement.
(NOTE: Prior to his retirement as manager of Kings Heath branch, Len Wright managed a number of other branches including Saltley; Rotton Park; and Duddeston. In 1969, he recalled his early days at the Bank - Memory-026. These recollections were part of the Bank's Golden Jubilee celebrations, and Len is shown at Head Office at a Jubilee dinner: