George Banks Jewellers of Kirkham is run by husband and wife team Michael and Barbara Banks.
The original George Banks shop was opened in Lune Street, Preston by Michael's Grandfather George in 1935. In 1904 at the age of 13 George started his apprenticeship as a watchmaker at Winters Jewellers in Orchard Street, Preston. After leaving to serve in the Royal Flying Corps in the 1st war he returned and continued working at Winters until 1935; when at the age of 44 he then opened his own shop.
George was joined by his son Brian in 1937, who also saw service in the 2nd war, returned and continued in the business. Brian took over the running of the business when his father died in 1961. He was later joined by his sons Michael, John & Peter and daughter Elizabeth. Sadly Brian died in 1987 as the result of an accident outside the Lune street shop.
Michael has more than 40 years experience in the jewellery trade. At the age of 16 he attended the school of jewellery & silversmithing at Birmingham gaining a City & Guilds diploma in diamond mounting, followed by 2 years working in the jewellery trade also in Birmingham. He has since obtained the retail jewellers diploma and attended many trade seminars & courses, a 3 day diamond course and antique seminar to name just a few. At the age of 21 he joined his father working in George Banks jewellers shop in Lune Street, Preston where he continued working until the family opened the Kirkham shop in 1986, which Michael has run financially independently since 1993.