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RIP Reg Varney - first man to use a UK ATM

Reg Varney, a British Comedian famed for his role in On the Buses in the late 60s/early 70s, sadly died yesterday. Curiously he also has a footnote in fintec history.

Slip your anoraks, on everyone...

Reg was also the first Briton to use an ATM in the High Street, a feat he performed at a branch of Barclays Bank in Enfield (it would be, wouldn't it) in June 1967. Officially, I guess he was opening the ATM, but as he made the first cash withdrawal, I think the honour belongs to Reg.

Read all about it in the Reg Varney fan club site story (and photos) or the BBC news story marking the fortieth anniversary of the grand opening.

Don't let them see your PIN number, Reg
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