Bannockburn loses bank after 100 years
RBS to close doors on Monday
Bannockburn branch of RBS will close its doors for the final time on Monday.
It will leave the town without a bank for the first time in a century.
RBS announced the decision to axe its branch at Quakerfield, as well as others in Bridge of Allan and Dunblane, in December last year.
The banking giant’s Bannockburn branch was initially set to close on June 25, while its outlet in Pitt Terrace, Stirling, was to relocate.
The Pitt Terrace branch is to move to the Murray Place entrance of the Thistles Centre, in a unit formerly occupied by Costa and another business.
A bank spokesperson said: “The Royal Bank of Scotland in Stirling is relocating to the Thistle Centre and will open on Wednesday, November 14.
“Our branch in Bannockburn will continue to serve customers until November 12.”
More than 2000 people signed an online petition to save the Bannockburn branch. It was then given a five-month reprieve until November 12.
Bannockburn councillor Alasdair MacPherson said: “This will be a very sad day as it will bring an end to over 100 years of banking in Bannockburn.
“I feel so sorry for elderly and disabled customers who will now need to find their way into Stirling.
“The disappointment is even more profound as we, the taxpayer, own over 70 per cent of the bank.”
The RBS branches in Bridge of Allan and Dunblane closed in June.
Closures of the branches at Bannockburn, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane came as part of a plan by the banking giant to axe 62 branches nationwide.
The post office in Main Street, Bannockburn, is due to provide a number of financial services once the RBS branch closes.
However, the future of the post office was left in doubt after the postmaster announced that he is to retire in the new year.
Closing The RBS branch at Quakerfield will close next week