Santander celebrated the opening of bigger premises by inviting two of its best customers to cut the official ribbon outside its new Bingley branch.

Retired Bingley swimming coach John Brown and his wife Barbara have been customers for 65 years. Branch manager Christine Barker (pictured with colleagues) asked them to perform the opening ceremony at Number 1 of the Five Rise shopping centre and after Mrs Brown cut the ribbon she was presented with a bouquet by Howard Martin, president of the town’s chamber of trade. “It’s very pleasing when an organisation such as Santander demonstrates its faith in, and commitment to Bingley by opening larger offices,” Mr Martin said.