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End of an era as Barclays bank closes for good in Driffield

It was the end of an era on Driffield’s high street on Wednesday, 26th January when, as the clock struck noon, the doors at the town’s branch of Barclays were closed for the last time.


Tens of thousands of customers will have deposited and withdrawn their savings and business takings over several decades inside the bank, which is recognised as one of the most iconic buildings on Market Place.


But when the Wolds Weekly went along to the bank shortly before closing time, the minimal number of people using the branch perhaps showed the reason the banking giant decided to permanently leave the Capital of the Wolds.


News of the closure first broke in October 2021 following a review of how the Driffield branch had been used during the two years up to March 2020.


The outcome saw Driffield lose its fourth bank in nearly as many years, with Barclays following the same path as Yorkshire Bank, NatWest and Santander.


During the period of the review, over the counter transactions had decreased and 82 per cent of customers were using other methods of banking, something that had increased by 13 per cent since 2015.

Bob Palmer used the branch twice a week.


Additionally, 30 per cent of customers at Driffield used other nearby branches – namely Bridlington and Beverley – for their banking, whilst Barclays had identified just 151 customers who used Driffield exclusively for banking.


The closure also means that the branch’s adjoining cash machine is no longer in operation.
Barclays customers in Driffield are now being redirected to Bridlington or Beverley, the post offices in Driffield and Nafferton, or use other methods of banking such as mobile, online and telephone.


However, Barclays has confirmed to the Wolds Weekly that it will retain a presence in Driffield

“I do see people having some problems with switching to other ways of banking, especially with multiple accounts and passwords. The post office isn’t a bad alternative, it’s just a bit busier and everybody from Barclays and the other banks that have closed in Driffield are going to be using it.

BOB PALMER

staff will be available from 9:30am to 2:30pm in the town council offices on Market Walk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a start date to be confirmed.


One of the last customers to use the Driffield branch was Bob Palmer, landlord of Exchange Street pub, Spread Eagle.


Although disappointed he will no longer be able to make his twice-weekly visits to the bank, Bob said he is pleased that there is an alternative not too far up the road.


“I’m sad to see the bank close as it makes life much easier for me,” he said.


“I use Barclays twice a week for banking the takings but mainly for sourcing change and have never had any problems.


“The staff have told me that they will be holding a drop-in centre in Driffield.


“I’ll be using the post office, but if I do have any problems, I know that I can go and see them.


“I do see people having some problems with switching to other ways of banking, especially with multiple accounts and passwords.

Barclays Bank in Driffield is now closed.


“The post office isn’t a bad alternative, it’s just a bit busier and everybody from Barclays and the other banks that have closed in Driffield are going to be using it.


“It had reached a stage at Barclays when it was only opening three days a week and it felt like the world and his family had turned up.


“It often took me 40 minutes to get served because over the last month or so, there has only been one cashier.


“I think the post office will have their work cut out but it’s the only option at the moment.”

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