A very large cross-section of the Woodenbong and District community showed its respect and gratitude at a wake held at the NAB (National Australia Bank) branch on May 30 to mark the demise of the branch.
All were made welcome at the set-up outside the premises for a cup of tea which was offered to go along with the “Thanks for the Memories” cake lovingly made by Kathy Goldthorpe, along with a huge and varied spread of tasty treats. It was a very emotional day with hugs and tears on the menu.
Among those present were staff Rosslyn Johnson (40-plus years of loyal service) and Christine Mulcahy (30-plus years of loyal service), plus other staff members who have always shown patience, a cheerful and ever-helpful outlook which has always made us to feel a very special part of a very caring group. Some of these have been and still are wonderful voluntary supporters for many charity fundraisers and local events.
We wish them the success in their futures that they so thoroughly deserve.
The closure leaves Woodenbong without a bank. Dinosaurs like me grew used to the staff who were not only problem-solvers with great patience and understanding, but they unfailingly led us through the intricate changes in banking, making sure we fully comprehended the procedures.
Their loyalty and friendship are just another factor of their makeup, and they have always willingly extended personal friendship to us. Gone are the days of first-name basis.