A reminder of times past, and a celebration of a long and busy life. From the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, 22 March 1957:-
HE WORKED 75 YEARS FOR THE SAME FIRM
The death occurred yesterday at the age of 88, of Mr Tom Banks, of 35, Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, one of the best-known figures in legal and church circles in the district. He had the remarkable record of having spent 75 years with the same firm of solicitors.It was at the age of 18 that he got a job as office boy with the firm which was then Bainbridge & Barnley and is now Meek, Stubbs & Barnley.
In his early days, one of his chiefs, Mr George Bainbridge, was Town Clerk of Middlesbrough before it became a full-time appointment and Mr Banks spent much of his time at the Town Hall – the old one in the Market-place.
He had vivid memories of the opening the present Town Hall in 1889 when he was a junior clerk of 20. He became chief clerk with his firm and that led to a long association with the Tees Port Health Authority. One of his principals was clerk to the authority, and in 1907 Mr Banks was appointed deputy clerk.
Service to church
Mr Banks devoted a lifetime of service to St John's Church, Middlesbrough, over half a century of it as sidesman or warden.
Three times after passing the 80 milestone, Mr Banks had been in hospital with broken limbs, but though he returned to work twice, the third time acute arthritis set in and though he had been able to get about a little he had not been able to work at the officee for the past 18 months.
He was a widower and leaves no children.