Ulster Bank has celebrated 175 years of providing banking services to Ballymoney. The branch, now located at Church Street, opened in September 1836 and was a sign of Ulster Bank’s desire to increase access to banking in towns and cities across Ireland.
Ballymoney was one of the first towns outside Belfast which attracted Ulster Bank’s attention. At the heart of a prosperous agricultural district, the town at the time boasted busy markets for both linen and diary produce.
Commenting on the achievement, Lyn Chambers, Branch Manager of Ulster Bank Ballymoney said: “We are delighted to celebrate this milestone anniversary today and I’m really pleased that so many people from the community have been here to help us celebrate.
“One hundred and seventy five years since we first opened for business our customers are as important to us as ever. When customers told us they want banking to be fair, easy and local to the community, we responded with our Customer Commitments to help us deliver the helpful banking service our customers expect from us. While some things have changed our commitment to customers remains, and so as we turn 175, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their continued support.”
Ulster Bank, which pioneered many important initiatives to increase access to banking, was founded on the 1st July 1836 by a group of Belfast businessmen who wanted to create a bank for the benefit of the local business community. As part of Ulster Bank’s 175 celebrations a donation has been given to the Linen Hall Library to enable the digitisation of the Library’s acclaimed Theatre and Performing Arts Archive, which includes local theatre treasures from across Northern Ireland.
To celebrate the historic event in Ballymoney, Ulster Bank held a Customer Day at the branch on Friday 23rd September. Customers were welcomed to the branch to meet the staff and enjoy some refreshments.