'Every major high street bank takes its staff to the beach on bank holidays, but it's not as much fun as you'd think' claimed Howard Brown the musical star of the Halifax adverts.
"I didn't mind it so much when I had just started at the bank.' said the chirpy bank-teller ' but it has just become so competitive. Last year some guy from Lloyds kicked sand in my face and the guys from the TSB tried to pull my trunks down in front of everybody.'
The beach outings had previously been a closely guarded secret but it is understood that the practice has been going on for nearly thirty years.
Howard continues 'It's a beach in Margate we all go to...regardless of the weather. There is a picnic, a knobbly knees competition and we sing songs. The cost is met through customers bank charges. I think they would approve if they knew.'
A spokesman from RBS declined to comment saying 'Mummy, mummy look at me..I'm in the water. Mummy, look, Mummy.'