Bless your heart Peter Brown, once Sheriff of York. A man who took on a bank over a pedantic point of no real consequence other than he was right and the bank was wrong, factually wrong.
According to the local paper:
Peter Brown, of Acomb, who was Sheriff in 1990-91, had complained to Lloyds Bank, saying York was not legally part of North Yorkshire and the county should not be included in York’s postal address after it sent him a letter addressed to “York, North Yorkshire”.
According to the great man of Pedantic Letters, “historically, York had always been independent from the surrounding county, except for the brief spell from 1974 to 1995 when it was included in North Yorkshire… (but) it had regained its independence almost two decades ago when the unitary authority, City of York Council was created, and the only connection now was that it shared a police force and fire service with North Yorkshire.”
After negotiation in the face of Mr Brown’s total rightness, Lloyds Bank customer services official David Fellows had no choice but to comply, saying, “As you mentioned, North Yorkshire ought not to be included as one of the lines of your address. Please accept our apologies for this mistake.”
That would be enough for any right-minded pedant. However, Mr Fellows also stated that, “To put things right, I am offering to pay you £75 for any frustration and inconvenience caused.” We can only hope that Mr Brown donates his windfall to a suitable charity.
Source: York Press