A RETIRED Dales bank manager has penned his second book of reminiscences which give an intriguing glimpse into a vanished world.

Peter Nimmins, who worked for many years in Hawes, was the last of the old-style bank managers, who were a real part of the farming community and a good pair of wellies were as vital for the job as the knowledge of a balance sheet.

In The Best Job, Mr Nimmins reveals how he got to know most of his clients personally and was involved in every aspect of Dales life – from sheep shows to royal visits. A world of weather and wethers, of back end sales, farm house breakfasts, snow-closed roads, cow muck, sheep dip, rat-catchers and judging the children’s fancy dress.

“There was some banking to be done but there was always time to enjoy country life,” said Mr Nimmins.

* The Best Job in the Bank Part 2 by Peter Nimmins. Stockists include the Dales Museum and Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.