Budleigh's 'little clown' Reg remembered on 50th anniversary of first ATM

PUBLISHED: 10:49 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 29 June 2017

Budleigh's 'adopted son' Reg Varney was the first person to use an ATM in the UK, 50 years ago

Budleigh's 'adopted son' Reg Varney was the first person to use an ATM in the UK, 50 years ago

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The first ever 'hole in the wall' has stirred memories of Budleigh 'adopted son' Reg Varney.

Reg Varney, who retired to Budleigh, at the launch of the first ATM in 1967Reg Varney, who retired to Budleigh, at the launch of the first ATM in 1967

This week marked 50 years since the former On the Buses star was the first customer to draw money out from an ATM in London.

The actor, who retired to Budleigh Salterton to be with his family, was chosen for the launch in 1967.

Carol Greygoose, who worked in the Enfield branch where the first ATm was opened, said she remembered Reg being ‘a bit cheeky’.

He lived in Budleigh until his death at the age of 92 in 2008. There is a bench in The Green, Station Road, which is dedicated to the town’s ‘little clown’.

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