Glastonbury’s branch of Barclays Bank closed its doors for the last time on Friday 4th March 2016. Glastonbury’s community turned out en masse to demonstrate how they felt about it; cameras from ITV and BBC were there to capture the town’s third Flash Mob protest organised by the Last Bank Standing.
Glastonbury’s response to the expected closure of all the town’s banks has been hailed as an inspiration by other communities facing the same fate; has caught the attention of the national press – and even prompted acknowledgment at Prime Minister’s Questions, when the MP for Glastonbury, James Heappey, asked David Cameron if he would encourage the banks “to think again”.
The Barclays’ Flash Mob follows hot on the heals of the hugely successful ‘Crazy Horse’ – developed into a spoof ‘Spaghetti Western’, which has received over 2,000 views on YouTube!
More community action is planned for 5th April – the date when Lloyds Bank threaten to close Glastonbury’s last bank for good… It could very well end with a ‘show down’ between the Deputy and the Black Horse !!!
Last Bank Standing’s Paul Manning told ITV: “There’s still a chance Lloyds could change their minds, but I think it’s also sending a message out there, to the banks, that they’ve really got to live up to the promises that they’re making to their customers! ”
The campaign continues…
ITV WEST: Protesters march on Glastonbury over bank closure [4th March 2016]