NEWCASTLE has invested in Sunderland city centre.
The Newcastle Building Society has refurbished its branch in Waterloo Place to improve services to members across Wearside.
City council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman did the honours at an official reopening.
Customers were served with cake and bubbly as part of the official opening event, and had the chance to view the new illustrations by well-known North East artist John Coatsworth that have been commissioned for the walls of the branch.
As a thank you for customers’ patience during the refurbishment work, a Wish Tree has also been placed in the branch on which visitors are being invited to place a wish for themselves or anyone else.
Branch manager Steven Beall said: “Having seen the new branch taking shape over the last few weeks, it’s exciting to finally be able to share it with everybody, and we’re very grateful to the Deputy Mayor for coming along to carry out our official opening.
“The Wish Tree is our way of saying thank you for everyone’s patience while this work was carried out and to support our local community. It will give us to opportunity to do lots of nice things for our members, their families or the good causes that they support.”