“Thank you, just one moment sir whilst I check our records.’
A few minutes later and the door was unbolted and the man came out and shook both Bobby and Maggie’s hand. Please come in and take a seat Mr Wray I have your father’s policies here. Yes, there is cover enough to cover the cost of the funeral and a little extra from the endowment.’
“I can make you a cheque out for the amount of eight hundred and forty six pounds.
“Is that all my father has to get back after thirty two years, asked Maggie. My Father had two policies my mother said.’
Yes that is true but unfortunately your father withdrew one of them when it matured last year and it was the biggest one. He got over two thousand pounds.’
“I see said Maggie as Mr Duncan Oliver handed over a cheque for £846.00
“Thank you so much for your valued custom sir.’
Bobby shook Duncan by the hand then led Maggie out.’
“Why did my father withdraw his policy?’
“Who knows Maggie maybe the bank can shed some light on it.’
They walked back through the square through the library and into the shopping centre
Walking up Bedford they came to a branch of Lloyds.
Bobby asked if they could speak with the manager of the bank in private.
A few moments later a man introduced himself as Mr Ralph Mason.
Hello Mr Mason said Bobby I have come to close the accounts of Mr Andrew Robert Wray.
“Have you got with you any identification?’
“I have a death certificate and his bank books if that would help.’
That will do just fine sir.’
“Bobby handed the books to the manager who went away.
“When he returned he looked almost embarrassed.’
“I’m sorry to have kept you waiting sir; how would you like this money as there is a substantial amount. A cheque will do just fine thank you.’
Mr Mason Signed the cheque then handed it to Bobby.’
Bobby looked at the Cheque then looked again.’
“Are you sure this is correct Mr Mason.’
“Perfectly with the last interest payment your fathers estate comes to two million seven hundred and sixty two thousand four hundred and twenty two pounds.
Your father had been a loyal customer with us for over thirty five years. His pools win in 1970 was one of the biggest then in history.’
He never touched his capital but drew out the some of twenty pounds each week which was no where near how much per month he was making via the stock market which he asked us to invest for him.’
“Is it possible to have some of this money in cash Mr Mason yes certainly; there is also a letter here which I was to hand over to you Mr Wray.’ Now would one thousand pounds be enough to tide you over?’
“Yes thank you.’
“Please give me that cheque and I will amend it for you.’
“All those years and he never said a word to no one said Maggie when the manager left.’
My father could have lived in the laps of luxury but chose to live like a working class man; why?
“Maybe that letter will shed some light on the matter.’
Once we get out of here we can go somewhere for dinner and read it.’