50 Years ago: New Royal Bank building opens

The Nov. 10, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, reported:

“With dignity and ceremony the Grand Cayman Branch of the Royal Bank of Canada opened its new building on Cardinall Avenue on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.

“Mr. Neil Cruickshank, Branch Manager, opened the proceedings with a welcome to all those present. He said, ‘It has taken us rather a long time to build this branch which was started 10 months ago. After 18 months in a chicken coop we are very happy to move into our lovely air conditioned building. I would express thanks to the community for their forbearance and for sticking with us until we had our new branch which is, I believe, an asset to George Town.

“‘Great credit is due to Mr. Ashwell, the Architect who has done a wonderful job and also to the builder Jimmy Powell who has also done a first-class job. Mr. Ashwell sent him some very difficult plans but he read them well and I know the bank is well built.’

“Speaking on behalf of his mother, Mrs. Anzie Panton, and the rest of his family, Mr. Colin Panton, expressed happiness at having been associated with the Royal Bank of Canada in the erection of this fine building. When he had been asked by Mr. Ince over 10 months ago who would be the best person to build it, Mr. Panton had, despite his youth and lack of previous experience, done a very good job …

“He continued, ‘I am particularly pleased to know that they [the Royal Bank] respect and look forward to the future economic growth of this country and that they are prepared to share with us in Cayman in that growth. I wish them every success, and as we go along in the Cayman Islands, I know that they will go along with us.’”