Yes, I've now been with them over 50 years (when Westminster Bank cleared their cheques). My company also banks with them (no surprise there).
I've had accounts elsewhere but for nearly all that time the Co-op has consistently given me the best service. Even when it comes to speed trading I remember when I could buy shares with a simple phone call to the lovely lady in the socialist Birmingham back office while my work colleagues were trying to authenticate themselves through fax machines with the capatalistic big five.
It all started to go pear shaped when Thatcher made Building Societies game for asset snatchers. Half disappeared, the other half tried to compete by becoming snatchers themselves. And so the Co-op foolishly swallowed Brittannia only to find it was a big blackhole that ultimately consumed them.
Except that should have been apparent during 'Due Diligence'. Done by one of the big accountancy practices no doubt. So who conned who? And why as both a Co-op member and customer not been informed by them or, more importantly, the FSA or other quango supposed to be protecting us - what happened, who is responsible and why they shouldn't go to jail.
I feel so let down. Not by the lady in the Birmingham back office. Not for the Co-op Bank I knew. But those who by ommission or commission have almost destroyed community based banking in this country. Worse that it should be swallowed up by bank CEOs who have done rather worse for this country and the world than having a sniff of a couple things they shouldn't.
Yet that's the image the news media like to play this morning.