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Martins Bank 1928+


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Image © BT 1929

This is a new and exciting period for Newcastle upon Tyne and for Martins Bank, but sadly yet another little piece of history is kept alive for us today only by a poster, a newspaper advert and very  little else.  One of the Bank’s earliest Show and Exhibition branches, the North East Coast Exhibition is Martins’ chance to show what great customer service there is to come from the newly expanded bank. Some of the special buildings and park areas built for the exhibition remain in Newcastle Upon Tyne to this day, but the six months of the exhibition itself, attended by Martins Bank’s special sub branch only one year after the Bank shortened its name to Martins Bank Limited, is almost out of memory for most people alive today.  We would therefore be delighted if anyone has an original programme of events that refers to Martins Bank’s presence at the Exhibition, that could be scanned for the purposes of this page. If you can help, please get in touch with us at the usual address: .

1929 08-APR NECE Advert Evening telegraph

The advertising for this major event is like something from George Orwell’s “1984”, as this lovely colour image demonstrates.  The “ordinary working man” beckons you to what is also billed as Britain’s Greatest Industrial Exhibition…

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Image © National Museum of Science and Industry Ref: NRM/SSPL


Image © Northcliffe Media Limited, created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD, and reproduced with kind permission

of The British Newspaper Archive

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Index Number and District:





11-608 North East Coast Exhibition of 1929

Sub to 11-608 Newcastle City Office

Stand 355 Avenue P, Palace of Industries Newcastle upon Tyne

347 North Eastern

Exhibition opening times

Exhibition 91

Counter Service Only

Not Known

14 May 1929

26 October 1929

Opened by Martins Bank