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LBS celebrates 50 years in Reading with special guest

The Reading branch of Leeds Building Society is celebrating half a century of serving the local community on Friday, 7 June.

Rex Kilby, the man who opened the Leeds Building Society doors in Reading in 1969 and who remains a member of the Society, will be a special guest at an event in the Cross Street branch.

Leeds Building Society also will be making a birthday donation to Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre, Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice and the Reading branch of Samaritans. Members attending the event will be able to vote on how the donation is shared among the charities.

John O’Hanlon, Leeds Building Society’s Reading Branch Manager, said: “It is quite an achievement to reach 50 years of service to the local community here in Reading and we’re looking forward to welcoming Rex for the celebrations.

“At a time when high streets are seeing retail businesses close it’s great to be able to mark the long-term relationship Leeds Building Society has had with the town centre.

“We would love to see as many customers old and new on the day to join in the fun and help local causes in the process.

“It’s great to be able to mark the special occasion by supporting local good causes with donations going to our local Samaritans branch, to Infield Dog Rescue, Duchess of Kent Hospice.”

Other events making the news in 1969 were:

  • Sugar Sugar by The Archies topped the charts for a total of eight weeks in 1969
  • Lulu was joint winner of Eurovision in 1969 with her song Boom Bang-a-Bang, sharing the top spot with France, Spain and the Netherlands.
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the sixth James Bond film and the first featuring George Lazenby, was released in UK cinemas.
  • Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the Moon



Notes to Editors

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK and in Gibraltar and has assets of £19.4bn at 31 December 2018 (£18.5bn at 31 December 2017). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.