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The Maid of the Mountains…

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The ability of many of the Staff  of Martins Bank to sing and dance and act is legendary – you need only visit our SONG AND DANCE page for proof positive.  Sometimes someone stands head and shoulders above the rest, both in their career value to the bank, and their own personal effort in enjoying a hobby or interest to the full.  one such person is Miss I M Scotts of Blackburn’s Mill Hill sub-Branch, who takes charge of the office during the Second World War, and then owns the stage in a number of highly praised amateur musical productions.  Along the way she wins some top awards, proving that Martins’ recipe for being extremely helpful also makes for extremely gifted staff!

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Image © Barclays Ref 0033/0075

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1957 01 MBM.jpg1941 to 1946  Miss I M Scotts Wartime Clerk in Charge MBM-Sp57P48.jpgA photograph of Miss Scotts appeared in the Autumn 1946 issue of the Magazine in connection with an article written in appreci­ation of the services rendered by our girls during the war in running the small branches. Miss Scotts was Clerk-in-Charge of Mill Hill branch, Blackburn, from July 1st 1941 to April 30th 1946. Her name came to our notice again recently as the result of press publicity in connection with her appearance as Teresa in the Black­burn Amateur Light Operatic Society's pro­duction of “The Maid of the Mountains”, December 3rd to 8th, 1956.  Irene Scotts is very well known in the Blackburn district for her beautiful soprano singing and for her acting ability in light opera. She gained her L.R.A.M. in singing in 1938 and has won festival awards since the war at Blackburn, Preston and Burnley. In 1947 she won the most coveted award of all, the Blackpool Rose Bowl, and she trained some of Blackburn's " Top Town " singers who, as is well known, reached the semi-finals. In the Blackburn Amateur Light Opera Society since the war she has played the leading role in “Waltz. Without End”, “The Student Prince”, and now in “The Maid of the Mountains”.  For the Mill Hill Operatic Society she has played the lead in “Iolanthe”, “The Gondoliers” and “The Pirates of Penzance”.  In March she is due to play in “H.M.S. Pinafore”.  A very fine record! We are proud of her!

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1923 to 1930 Mr W J D Simmonds Clerk in Charge MBM-Au46P14.jpg

1941 to 1946  Miss I M Scotts Clerk in Charge MBM-Au46P28.jpg

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Mr W J D Simmonds

Clerk in Charge

1923 to 1930

Miss I M Scotts

Clerk in Charge

1941 to 1946





Index Number and District:






11-81-00 Blackburn Mill Hill

Sub to 11-81-00 Blackburn

5 New Chapel Street Mill Hill Blackburn Lancashire

710 Manchester

Mon to Fri 1000-1500   (Cut to 1000-1300 in 1969)

Saturday 0900-1130      (Closed on Saturdays from 1969)

Blackburn 51070

No Nightsafe

Mr T McLeod Manager (Blackburn)


 3 January 1928

15 December 1969

5 June 1992


Opened by Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank

Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-09-72 Blackburn Darwen Street


Nursery School