Bank veteran making withdrawal

JOHN ANTHONY
Last updated 05:00 21/11/2012

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In April 1962, John Ainsworth started work at the TSB Bank sweeping floors and changing dirty ink blotters.

Half a century later, Mr Ainsworth is still working for the bank, albeit naturally a few ranks higher than his starting position.

But at the end of the month, the curtain will come down on Mr Ainsworth's 50-year career at TSB.

Retirement is at hand.

The golf course and more time spent amusing the grandchildren await.

Mr Ainsworth, who had worked under five TSB Bank chief executives, said he would be one of the bank's longest-serving employees.

Starting off as a junior, he had a range of different positions at the bank over the years, ranging from 35 years in branch manager roles to his current position as internal auditor manager.

"The junior involved sweeping the footpath out the front of the bank and changing the blotters," Mr Ainsworth said.

He had seen some big changes in the banking world since 1962.

None was more significant than the change to the decimal currency in 1967, which saw the end of pounds, shillings and pence.

Much of his early days were spent running and filing ledger cards, tellers deposits and withdrawals.

"It was very manually orientated in those days."

Golf, cycling and grandchildren would help keep him busy after working life, Mr Ainsworth said.

"I'm not going to be bored I'm sure of that.

"It's just going to be different."

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