For my own part, now that his horrible danger is not face to face with us
, it seems almost impossible to believe in it.
Mr Haigh, who took over as chief executive last May, said: "Since the financial downturn, our priority has been to focus on what's important about being a regional building society, the key features that will make a difference to us - simple, straightforward products for our members; the right presence in the region; the right branches; and making sure our members can speak face to face with us
said: "We understand some people may feel uncomfortable discussing things face to face with us
But nine-month-old Cole Nelson appeared to have a point to make instead when he came face to face with US
president Barack Obama.
Our limits as a movement were being tested, not by the police, but by the people who had scaled the razor-wire fence to stand face to face with us
and demand that we risk our freedom for theirs.
Newcastle LGBT officer PC Ross Turner said: "We understand that some people may feel uncomfortable discussing things face to face with us
Ironically if they'd come face to face with us
there's probably more we could have done for them.