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Saturday 30 May 2015

In Pictures: New dawn as Northern changes name to Danske Bank

Sign of the times as bank branding gets makeover

The Northern Bank 30/3/1995
The Northern Bank 30/3/1995
The massive stained glass dome of the old Northern Bank building on Donegall Square West comes under the hammer of the demolition men. 20/5/1971
The Northern Bank branch in Downpatrick.
The Northern Bank's currency dealing room. MAY 1985
The Northern Bank at the corner of Ulsterville Avenue, Belfast, after it was damaged by an explosion. 1/10/1971
The Northern Bank, on Royal Avenue, Belfast. 2/3/1967
The busy scene inside the Northern Bank branch on Donegall Square West, Belfast. 21/8/1985
An explosion at the Northern Bank, on High Street, sees an injured man being carried from the ruins to an ambulance. 16/7/1970
The Northern Bank in Ballycastle, Mr Alexander McIlmoyle conducts business as usual after the branch is robbed. 9/3/1970
The Northern Bank branch on Malvern Street, Belfast. 11/2/1974
The Northern Bank in Ballycastle, Mr Alexander McIlmoyle conducts business as usual after the branch is robbed. 9/3/1970
The Northern Bank, on the Ormeau Road, Belfast. 25/8/1959
The Northern Bank branch on the corner or North Street and Donegall Street, Belfast. 17/2/1995
The Northern Bank building at Market Square in Ballycastle. 9/3/1970
Northern Bank. The exterior of the Newry branch of the Northern Bank. 6/3/1969
Gardai loading evidence bags outside Cork Court after Ted Cunningham, from Farran, Co Cork was found guilty today of laundering cash from the 26.5 million Northern Bank robbery.
The Northern Bank, on the corner of Donegall Square West and Howard Street, under construction. 13/1/1974
The Northern Bank building at Shipquay Street in Londonderry. 27/11/1986
Christine Wortley and Joyce Kitchen of the head office staff of the Northern Bank supervise the operation of one of the two new electronic cheque sorting machines, that can sort 60,000 cheques per hour. 26/6/1970
The Northern Bank branch on the Albertbridge Road, Belfast. 20/1/1981
The Northern Bank branch on High Street, Belfast. 6/10/1966
The Northern Bank branch on Divis Street, Belfast. 8/9/1971
Northern Bank. Malone Road, Belfast. 5/2/1973
A staff member displays one of the new Northern Bank notes, Wednesday March 9, 2005, which will be in circulation from Monday 14 March. All £10, £20, £50 and £100 pound notes are being replaced by notes featuring a new logo, different colours and the new 19 January 2005 dateline.
A selection of Northern Bank notes, Friday January 7, 2005. At a dramatic news conference in Belfast, Constable Hugh Orde announced the Northern Bank would recall £300 million worth of its bank notes to minimise its losses and restore public confidence.
Northern Bank Robbery - Mock poster of political figures
A scenes of crime officer at The Northern bank, in Ballymena which was robbed on Wednesday morning.MARK
21/12/2004 Life goes on as normal on the streets of Belfast this morning outside the Northern Bank HQ at Donegall Square west after last nights robbery in which thieves are believed to have stolen upto £30 million after taking two staff members and their families hostage in their homes on Sunday night
Northern Bank. Royal Avenue, Belfast.
A newspaper seller outside the headquarters of the Northern Bank in Belfast after a gang may have got away with at least £20 million in a raid, Tuesday December 21, 2004. Two senior members of staff and their families were held hostage at their homes on the outskirts of the city, and Loughinisland, Co Down, as part of an elaborate plan to raid the bank's cash centre. It was the biggest heist of its type ever staged in Northern Ireland.
Northern Bank. The re-constructed branch of the Northern Bank at Shaftesbury Square, Belfast. 7/12/1968
A Northern Bank branch in Belfast, Tuesday December 14, 2004 on the day that Denmark's Danske Bank agreed to purchase two major Irish banks in a deal worth almost 1.4 billion euro (£967 million).
The Northern Bank at Waring Street, Belfast, began life in 1769 as an arcaded market house
The rear entrance of the Northern Bank headquarters where a robber took place. picture by Mervyn Dowling 21/12/04
A newspaper seller outside the headquarters of the Northern Bank in Belfast after a gang may have got away with at least £20 million in a raid, Tuesday December 21, 2004. Two senior members of staff and their families were held hostage at their homes on the outskirts of the city, and Loughinisland, Co Down, as part of an elaborate plan to raid the bank's cash centre. It was the biggest heist of its type ever staged in Northern Ireland.
Police officers with a digger,move into search fields near Beragh Co Tyrone,Thursday 10th February 2005,police issued search warrants to search for money stolen in the Northern Bank robbery late last year.
Northern Bank Christmas message.
Northern Bank robbery trial...photo dated 21/12/04 of the headquarters of Northern Bank in Belfast. A financial adviser was found guilty today of laundering cash from the £26.5 million Northern Bank robbery. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday March 27, 2009. Ted Cunningham, from Farran, Co Cork, in the Irish Republic, was found to have handled more than £3 million in stolen bank notes in the two months after the audacious December 2004 robbery that has been blamed on the IRA. The 60-year-old, who ran money-lending and investment firm Chesterton Finance, was found guilty of 10 charges linked to the dirty money racket by a jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Civic show will bank on Gillian - The Queen of Belfast Lord Mayor's Show is Templepatrick girl, Gillian Kernoghan (28), a cashier with the Northern Bank.
The scene outside the Ballyclare branch of the Northern Bank after two men in a vehicle snatched a cash box from a Securicor employee, the vehicle made off towards Doagh against the one way traffic - police gave chase, and the cash box was dumped after exploding inside the car.The car was recovered a short time later in the Ardoyne district and one arrest has since been made. Amount of money is undisclosed. Pic supplied.
The security hatches at the side of the Northern Bank HQ in Belfast where it is believed armed raiders made off with up to £30 million in a heist last night. It is believed that the armed gang took senior bank officials and their families hostage on Sunday night..
Police officers search a yard at a house in Kilcoo Co Down as two men were being questioned, Wednesday November 2, 2005 about the £26.5 million Northern Bank robbery in Belfast last December. Nobody has been charged with the raid on the bank's HQ just before Christmas, which was blamed on the IRA by Chief Constable Hugh Orde.
The security van sits outside the Northern Bank in Finaghy after it was robbed as it was making its delivery to the bank.Four men were arrested during the police operation, a spokesman said.The robbery happened at a branch of the Northern Bank. One person has been injured, but police do not believe his injuries are serious.They said that no shots were fired during the arrest operation.
Northern Bank. The exterior of the reconstructed branch office of the Northern Bank, Crumlim Road, Belfast. 6/11/1967
The security van sits outside the Northern Bank in Finaghy after it was robbed as it was making its delivery to the bank.Four men were arrested during the police operation, a spokesman said.The robbery happened at a branch of the Northern Bank. One person has been injured, but police do not believe his injuries are serious.They said that no shots were fired during the arrest operation.

From Ulster Fries to Danish Pastries - Northern Ireland has woken up to a new banking force as a 200-year-old institution has finally been given its long-awaited Scandinavian-style makeover.

Established in 1809, Northern Bank, previously known as the Northern Banking Partnership, will now be known as Danske Bank in a multi-million-pound rebrand, which was announced in May this year.

Danske Bank agreed to acquire Northern Bank and the National Irish Bank for £967m in 2004 and has since invested around £100m in Northern Bank.

Commuters in Belfast were first to catch a glimpse of the new Danske Bank branding around its head office in Donegall Square West, after signage was unveiled last night.

Danske Bank signs will go up above the doors of every branch and finance centre over the next fortnight.

However, Northern Ireland is not alone - all brands within the Danske Bank Group will today begin to change their names, including banks in Norway, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

Customers' account numbers, sort codes and general account facilities will remain unchanged by the rebrand and new Danske Bank branded cheque books, debit cards and credit cards will be issued on renewal.

From mid-2013, Danske Bank branded notes will start to be issued, although Northern Bank branded notes will continue to be circulated and will continue to be accepted in retail outlets.

The bank's website has changed to www.danskebank.co.uk and other changes will include the use of Danske Bank instead of Northern Bank in product names.

Head of Danske Bank UK and Ireland Gerry Mallon (below), who was appointed to the position in 2008, has overseen major parts of the rebrand and said that the switch was reflective of major changes - both in the banking sector and in society as a whole.

"Understandably there may be some sadness around saying goodbye to the Northern Bank name, which has been part of the fabric of local life for over 200 years," Mr Mallon said.

"However, supporting customers with expertise and local knowledge (that has been) built up over the years will remain at the very heart of our business.

"For seven years now, customers have been experiencing what Danske Bank Group has to offer and year after year we have continued to invest in the services we offer our customers.

"The most recent Danske Bank addition has been the launch of our tablet banking app - a first in this market.

"Our change of name gives us a unique opportunity to create an even better bank for our customers," he added.

Highs and lows through the centuries

In 1809, Northern Bank began as a Belfast-based bank known as the Northern Banking Partnership. It opened its first branch in the Republic in 1840.

In 1970, the Northern Banking Company Limited amalgamated with the Belfast Banking Company Limited to form what is now known as Northern Bank Limited.

Until 1988, the bank was a subsidiary of the Midland Bank.

In 1986, the bank's operations in the Republic of Ireland were separated from its Northern Ireland business into a subsidiary, Northern Bank (Ireland) Limited.

In 1988, both Northern Bank Limited and Northern Bank (Ireland) Limited were acquired by National Australia Bank, after which the operations in Northern Bank (Ireland) Limited were renamed National Irish Bank.

In December 2004, Danske Bank bought Northern Bank (and National Irish Bank) for £967m.

In 2005, the Danske Bank Group acquired the bank. National Irish Bank was separated from Northern Bank.

Following the £26.5m robbery in 2004, Northern Bank announced on January 7, 2005, that all its notes were to be recalled and reissued.

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