Young at 103!

Picture taken 28th November 2018

J Haswell Young, a truly remarkable man and a well respected and well-liked ex colleague known affectionately by all as “Hassie, was born in 1915 which makes him 103 years young.

Bob Jackson and Graham Scott visited him in Erskine Care Home on 28th November and pieced together some of his banking life. His memory of people and events is exceptional and he both looks and sounds just as he did when he retired from Bank of Scotland as Manager of Queen Street Branch, Glasgow in 1975.
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Let’s Do Lunch!

Dates have now been set for the three Area lunches which take place in December. They are as follow:

Helensburgh & District lunch is on Tuesday, 4th December 2018 in The Abbotsford Hotel, Dumbarton.
Strathkelvin & District lunch is on Wednesday,, 5th December 2018 in Douglas Park Golf Club, Hillfoot, Bearsden, Glasgow 
Lanarkshire & District lunch is on Monday 3rd December 2018 in The Moorings Hotel, Motherwell.
In each case, full details will be circulated at the beginning of November.

Take a Bow – a message from Janette.

Take a bow, all BOSPEN (Glasgow & District) members!

The stage is set – throughout the month of October we will be going to three theatre events. There has been a wonderful response to the flyers, and one hundred and sixty-nine people will be attending theses social outings!

On behalf of your committee, a huge thanks for your continued support.


REUNION: Glasgow Chief Office.

I received the following message yesterday, 18th March 2018:

‘We are organising a reunion for colleagues and ex colleagues who worked in Bank if Scotland Glasgow Chief Office. It is on Thursday 29th March in the old banking hall,any time from 5:30pm. If you worked in GCO and would like to attend please get in touch.’

Anyone wishing more information, or indeed register their interest in attending, should contact Lynn Gallagher direct, via her Facebook page.


Since the new site / blog went ‘live’ almost two weeks ago, there has been a great deal of interest, as attested by almost two and a half thousand ‘hits’ in that short period of time.

It’s lovely to read of other folks’ experiences in The Bank. And indeed to be reminded about what now look to be ‘oh-so-quaint’ practices of our time with Bank of Scotland.

All the submissions so far have been great illustrations of this, and Ruth Eason’s post last night has prompted some feedback / comments / discussion on the Facebook page.

Sure, we all had a good moan from time to time. In the main, we are all Scottish, so to an extent it was to be expected – it would have been difficult to re-write our DNA as part of the application process.

But overall, they were good times, and again as Ruth said, ‘Oh, but we did have fun!!!’

I remain certain there are hundreds of other great, funny, positive tales out there.

Please share!

Your buddies and ex-colleagues would love to hear from you.