After more than 43 years service, Mr. C. E. Harper retired on the 15th September 1966.
Charles, who commenced his professional career with the Water Department in 1920, was transferred to the Bank in February 1923.
He became an Associate of the Institute of Bankers in 1928 and was appointed a Branch Manager four years later, since when he has graced many Branches with an ever portlier presence, his last six years being at Sutton Coldfield.
During that time, his application to duty, the encouragement and advice he has given to those who have worked with him, coupled with his genial sense of humour, have won him numerous friends and I am sure I speak for all of them in wishing him many happy years of retirement - free to indulge still further his tremendous interest in music and to improve, possibly, his remarkable piano playing technique.
I am sure, too, that Charles will be more than pleased to exchange the 'allegro con fucco' of month ends at Sutton for the 'andante cantabile' of Clifton Road and his piano.
(NOTE: Prior to his retirement as manager of Sutton Coldfield branch, Charles Harper managed a number of other branches including Short Heath; Pype Hayes; and Birchfield. In 1969, he recalled his days as a junior clerk in the early days of the Bank - Memory-035. Charles Harper's talent as a pianist was utilised at numerous Bank social and other events, see: