A CHARD bank has enjoyed a successful relaunch after refurbishment works were carried out under the cover of night.

The town’s Nationwide branch had an official reopening event last Friday with special guests including crier Stuart Cumming, Chard mayor Cllr Garry Shortland and British Disabled Strongman founder Gary Clarke.

Darryl Sunnick, branch manager said: “Thanks to those present including the best town crier in the country, the mayor, Britain Strongest Disabled competition organiser Gary Clarke, and Nationwide for investing in our future.

“How proud I am to lead my amazing team who work so hard and give legendary service, including Sue who has been here since we opened in 1980.

“Banks are leaving many locations, but I can confirm our commitment that we are here for the long term.

“It is all about people and our local community. My philosophy is simple - financial services may not be that exciting but our one aim is that our members enjoy their visits to Nationwide and with a view to improving their financial futures.”

Chard crier Stuart Cumming also made a speech at the launch.

He said: “In the late 18th century banking was only available to those who were wealthy, not to the less fortunate, poor or unhealthy.

“The Nationwide was born as the Provident Union to address this to create a society to help people without prejudice.

“Since 1980, here, on Fore Street Chard the fixtures and fittings were starting to look tired so a refit has been undertaken ready to be admired.

“Thank you Nationwide for serving our town for 39 years.”