Campaigners spoke of their fears for an Aberdeen community as they turned out to protest against a bank closure.
The Clydesdale branch in Mastrick is to close on June 11, which means the nearest branches will be Victoria Street in Dyce or at Queen’s Cross.
Mastrick, Sheddocksley and Summerhill Community Council members joined residents and councillors outside the branch on Greenfern Place yesterday.
Louise McCafferty, the community council secretary, helped organise the protest and said she hoped the bank would consider its older customers.
Ms McCafferty, an environmental manager, said: “The amount of people using this bank even today is high. It’s the same for the RBS round the corner. I imagine closing this branch will cause longer queues at RBS.
“People from community centres in the area go to this branch to cash in takings each week. For those people having to get the bus, with bags of cash on them it is certainly not ideal.
“We need to have options for the older generation, because not everyone can use internet banking.”
Fellow community council member Helen Graham, who lives in Sheddocksley, said: “They are not looking after the elderly folk in this community, it’s a disgrace.
“I have an account at Clydesdale, and so does my 86-year-old mother, but we will both be changing banks.
“It is not a digital age for everyone, and your questions can’t always get answered fully online.
“We feel beaten really, and I think this community will suffer.”
Councillor John Wheeler said: “This is a worrying trend across the country. I understand the bank is a business but they also have a public responsibility to the communities they serve.”
A spokeswoman for Clydesdale Bank said: “As part of our ongoing requirement to offer the most efficient service, Clydesdale Bank has announced that two branches are scheduled for closure in Scotland – Aberdeen Mastrick and Edinburgh.
“The bank’s first priority is to our customers and we will be working closely with impacted customers and relevant stakeholders to ensure that the transition to their new branch is as smooth as possible.”