NatWest pigs are back

Last updated: Nov 25th, 2013

NatWest has brought back its much-loved piggies in its latest bid to woo young savers and their parents.  

To coincide with the launch of its new First Saver instant-access account for under 16s – paying 1% on balances under £25,000 and 0.5% for balances above, a new generation of savings pigs has been introduced too.

With the aim of bringing the fun back into saving, the new 'Pigby and Friends' characters will be given away to young savers.

On account opening from 25 November, savers will receive a free Pigbybank, created by the makers of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

They'll also get a welcome pack, containing "fun savings tips and tricks" to share with mum and dad.

The piggybank will be accompanied by the online "Pigby's savings zone" and savings smartphone app, featuring Pigby and Friends from late December. Natwest said the app "is an educational, but fun game aimed at teaching children about saving money".

Six piggy friends have been created, based on the drawings of 13-year-old Kwamina Longdon, who won a national 'pigs by kids' competition to design a modern day savings pig.

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David Crawford, head of savings at NatWest, said: "Many parents may fondly remember the NatWest pigs from their childhood, and we hope this new generation of pigs can help teach children that saving can be fun as well as beneficial in later life."

Did you know?

The first NatWest savings pig was introduced to the world 30 years ago to mark the launch of the building society's Piggy Account on 5 December 1983.

Children could collect an entire piggy family - the more they saved, the more pigs they got.

The first of the ceramic pigs up for grabs was Woody, who was given away on opening an account with a minimum of just £3.

Once £25 had been saved, Woody's sister Annabel was given out. £50 would get them older brother Maxwell; £75 mum Lady Hilary; and £100 dad Sir Nathaniel. And if a Children's Bond for the under 16s was opened, cousin Wesley would make an appearance too.  

How many pigs did you or your children collect? Do you still have them? Send your pictures and memories to Moneywise at editorial@moneywise.co.uk

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Comment from S Wheeler, via email.

I opened First Accounts for both my children in the 1980s and have kept all the piggies still. As the tiers went up a new piggy was obtained. I have 4 in total, I still have them on display. They always bring me nice memories when I look at them, as my children have both left home now.

Yes I still have a set of 5, I did'nt know about the savings bond so I have'nt got Wesley.
These are "stuck in the attic" and were obtained for my son Jonathan from December 1983. He was born in July 83 and I have noticed I have the "growing chart" to keep check of his height. I see there is also a green opening folder with some "coins" or medallions in which may have been from a later promotion?
This item reminds me to check the account as we never did draw out any monies since the promotion ended. Could be worth a few pounds as indeed the original set of 5 Wade Pigs are? I remember a few years ago the set was fetching £250 at auction though now they are around £165. They, like mine must have the original stoppers marked Wade to have this value.
Anyway, back to the attic they go............zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz