Danske Bank will close its doors for the final time in Larne on Friday October 12

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Danske Bank in Larne. Picture – Google Maps.

The Danske Bank branch at Main Street in Larne will close on Friday October 12 this year.

Richard Caldwell, Danske Bank’s managing director of personal banking and small business, said: “The way customers use branches has changed significantly in recent years.

“Many are now choosing to use different ways to bank with us, such as digital or telephone banking. As a business, we must respond to these changes, therefore priorities for investment will adapt and change.”

He added: “We do not take such decisions lightly. I have written to customers of the branches involved to assure them that we remain committed to continuing to meet their banking needs and to inform them about the many different ways to bank with us.

“Over the coming weeks we will be organising support sessions for any customers needing further guidance. If any of our customers are concerned, I would encourage them to speak to us – we will do everything we can to help them.”

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, said: “I must express my severe disappointment at Danske’s decision. I believe that by closing this branch, they make it more difficult for particularly vulnerable people to access banking services without having the expense of travelling.

“An ATM machine and online banking is not a replacement for in-person banking support on-site. Many older people, do not use online banking services, and many do not even have internet access at home.

“I believe that by closing their Larne Branch, Danske Bank is failing in their responsibility to their customers and to the wider Larne community.”

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