THIS centenarian hadn’t banked on being a guest of honour at a celebration.
Jennie Morton was given the task of cutting the ribbon at Lloyds in Sea Road, Fulwell, as the branch celebrated its re-branding from Lloyds TSB.
The 100-year-old, who lives nearby, was invited as a thank-you for her decades of custom and to celebrate her milestone, and was presented with flowers.
Personal banking manager at the branch Amanda Scrafton said they wanted to make a fuss of her.
“Jennie’s a familiar face in the branch and we knew it had been her 100th birthday, so we thought we would ask her to cut the ribbon,” she said.
“We wanted to give her the flowers as a gift, and to say thank you for doing it.
“She’s lovely, and she’s been a customer for as long as I can remember, so it was a nice thing to do, and she enjoyed it.” Jennie said she’s getting used to the attention since she turned 100.
She said: “I didn’t know that they were going to ask me to cut the ribbon, but it was nice that they did, and I wasn’t expecting them to celebrate my birthday, but I enjoyed that.
“The girls are always friendly when I go in the branch.”
Jennie can remember joining the TSB 85 years ago – when she was 15 – remaining with them when they became LLoyds TSB.
Lloyds banks have been relaunched nationally.