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Day of action planned against bank closures

Section:  Annan and Eskdale, Lockerbie and Lochmaben

CAMPAIGNERS will be in towns this weekend to fight against the closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

SNP members will hold a day of action on Saturday to stand up against the planned closure of bank branches in Lockerbie, Annan, Langholm and Gretna.

South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine will be among those taking to the streets and she is urging anyone who feels strongly about the closures to go along and sign the petition to put a stop to them.

And she said: “I have been very clear that I see the decision by RBS to close local branches as not only deeply disappointing, but a betrayal to loyal customers and communities.

“When I had talks with RBS bosses they made it clear that the decision to close branches would not be reversed but have subsequently granted a reprieve to ten branches across the country.

“It is clear that they are feeling the pressure.”

Ms McAlpine believes that the UK Government is in a position to intervene and save these branches, given that the bank is taxpayer owned.

She said: “I think that the signatures we collect on Saturday will demonstrate also to the Secretary of State for Scotland just how strongly people in his own constituency feel about these closures.”

Campaigners will be out from 9.30 am to 11 am in Langholm High Street, 10 am to 12 noon in Annan High Street and 11 am to 12.30 pm in Lockerbie High Street.

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