Transfer to London
"Things were done so differently
then. The bank was by
now the National Commercial Bank of Scotland and I was working at
Bonnyrigg at the time when my Manager mentioned one morning he had
received a memo about me and I’d better sit down.
out the memo was telling him I had been transferred to London and to tell
me this. When I looked at the date, the transfer
was in exactly two weeks, to the day, so it was as well I was sitting
no phone at home, I couldn’t tell my parents
until I got home that night and, me being an only one, they were quite
The next two week was a hectic
round of sorting out various things and saying goodbyes and before I knew
it I was on the train to London.
But that was the way the Banks
did things then. No questions asked
whether you would like to go, and as we’d signed
up to serve in any branch of the Bank when we first joined there was
really no question of trying to wriggle out of it.
That would have done your career no good at all."