Sir Garry celebrates with Scotiabank
Scotiabank celebrated its 60 anniversary of operations in Barbados in fine style yesterday.
It hosted a Customer Appreciation Day at its Haggatt Hall branch which has been open for 20 years, making it the youngest Scotiabank branch on the island.
Six long-time branch members received tokens of appreciation, along with former branch managers, during the morning’s celebration.
Branch manager Brian Clarke said it was a special occasion for the branch and it was good to be able to give back to some of its special customers.
“We had longstanding customers, customers who would have opened from the very first day we were at Haggatt Hall. We invited previous managers who were here when the branch opened,” he explained.
Barbados’ lone living national hero, Sir Garfield Sobers, who has a more than 40-year relationship with the bank, was on hand to help them celebrate.
“They have looked after me extremely well and I’m very happy here this morning. I am extremely happy that they have asked me to come here today to share in this special occasion with them,” he said.
Clarke said it was an honour to have Sir Garry on board for such a long time.
“Sir Garry had been a customer for over 40 years and he has also been very involved with the Scotiabank Kiddies Cricket. We also help with his annual competition and it’s a great partnership with him,” he added.
The first customer with an account at the Haggatt Hall branch, Cynthia Vaughn, received a one-of-a-kind signed bat from Sir Garry himself. She was at a loss for words.
Sir Garry urged her to cherish the gift and to make sure it was used only for display purposes. “This should be put somewhere where people can look at it; it’s a very treasured bat.”
Central Bank Governor Dr. Delisle Worrell and his wife, Monica, who are also long-time Scotiabank customers, were on hand for the celebration.
Customers who passed through the branch yesterday received cupcakes and special memorabilia.