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Mayor to celebrate 50th anniversary of LBS in Southampton

Leeds Building Society is celebrating its commitment to Southampton with a party to mark half a century since it opened its doors in the city.

Mayor of Southampton, Peter Baillie, will be joining customers old and new at the branch on London Road to take part in the festivities and help local good causes in the process.

The branch will be holding a party on Thursday, 6 June to mark 50 years of helping the people of Southampton to save and have the home they want.

Leeds Building Society also will be making a birthday donation to Southampton Sight, Southampton Hospital Charity and the Southampton branch of Samaritans. Members attending the event will be able to vote on how the donation is shared among the charities.

Alison Cottle, Leeds Building Society’s Southampton Branch Manager, said: “It is quite an achievement to reach 50 years of service to the local community here in Southampton.

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

“We’re delighted to be welcoming the Mayor to join our celebrations and 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.

“We’re also supporting local good causes with donations to our local Samaritans branch, Southampton Sight and Southampton Hospital Charity.”

Other events making the news in 1969 were:

  • The first B&Q superstore was set up in Southampton by Richard Block and David Quayle
  • The Beatles performed together for the final time
  • Southampton finished 7th in Division One with a team featuring Mick Channon and Ron Davies
  • Oliver! claimed five awards, including Best Picture, at the 41st Academy Awards
  • 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.