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Petition against bank closure

Appleby's HSBC Credit: ITV Border

Rural campaigners fighting to save their local branch of HSBC say they'll continue their battle. The bank, which describes itself as the "world's local bank" says the Appleby branch will close on November 30th because the number of people using it has fallen significantly over the past few years.

The town's HSBC branch Credit: ITV Border

At a public meeting a unanimous decision was taken to continue to try to make HSBC change its mind. Local people see the closure as being symptomatic of a wider loss of rural services.

They fear that older people in particular will suffer if the bank accounts are switched to Penrith or Kirkby Stephen, both around half an hour away by car.

HSBC say the branch will close in November Credit: ITV Border

They say many older people are not so willing or able to use Internet banking. A petition containing more than two thousand signatures has been gathered to oppose the planned closure.