At the end there was no drama, just the double mahogany doors locked and a workman using a crowbar to lever the NatWest sign off the wall. Only minutes early the banking hall had been crowded with customers, paying in cash and checking balances. There were thank You cards on the window shelf and a few nibbles on a table but nothing much else unusual as the clock hands reached 4.30pm and the Wellington Branch of NatWest closed its doors for the last time.
NatWest says: “We have a national agreement with the Post Office to provide our customers with a range of banking services. Customers can pay money in, take money out, check balances and business customers can get coinage.”
NatWest is also closing branches in Langport, Cheddar and Burnham on Sea. The bank is part of RBS, still 70% publicly-owned and losing around £7bn last year.