Staff at four branches of Lloyds TSB yesterday broke with 134 years of tradition to give up the bank holiday sunshine for the sake of customers who would rather sort out their finances than head to the coast or countryside.
The branches at Bristol, Shrewsbury, Islington and Richmond in Surrey were staffed by volunteers who received extra pay for turning out.
A bank spokeswoman said the decision to open the four sites was taken at a local level by managers who felt there would be demand.
It is the second bank holiday this year that staff at Bristol's Broadmead branch have opened up for business.
The bank holiday tradition dates back to 1871.