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CUSTOMERS of a Natwest branch could be forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time.

Staff dressed up as people would have done when the branch opened 75 years ago.

Employees at the bank’s Hayling Island branch wore vintage dresses, feather boas, stick-on cabaret-style moustaches and waistcoats to honour the event.

The branch first opened in 1936 as an office of National Provincial Bank in Elm Grove, South Hayling.

In 1954 the branch moved to new premises at 19 Mengham Road.

And following the merger with Westminster Bank it started to trade under the National Westminster name in 1970. In 1975 it moved to newly-constructed premises at 22 Mengham Road.

Jo Harris, branch manager, said: ‘We’re delighted to be celebrating the fact that NatWest has been operating a banking service for the people of Hayling Island for 75 years.