Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to sell hundreds of branches to the Co-op, including 23 in the North East. Four Cheltenham and Glocester branches will also be sold under the deal.
The bank says there will be no changes to customers at those branches until next year, and will communicate with them about the changes. They will be given the option of either moving to the Co-op or remaining with Lloyds.
The branches to be sold in our region are:
Berwick Upon Tweed
Darlington - Blackwellgate
Gateshead - High Street
Newcastle - Chillingham Road
Newcastle - Milvain
Newcastle - St Mary's Place
South Shields - Barrington Street
Sunderland - Athenaeum Street
York - St Helen's Square
In addition, there are four Cheltenham and Gloucester branches to be sold:
Taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group has announced 500 new jobs - at a business it's being forced to spin off by European regulators.
Lloyds said it would add five UK support sites - in Gloucester, Livingston, Birmingham, Sunderland and Swansea - to the sale of its Verde business.
Verde already includes 632 branches. The new jobs will be spread across the five sites.
The 40% state-owned bank was ordered by the European Commission to sell Verde because of the £20 billion in state aid it received following the 2008 financial crisis.
The Co-operative Group remains the preferred bidder for the package, Lloyds said, but reports have suggested its suitor has run into difficulties with the City watchdog over a lack of banking expertise on its board.