‘Crazy Horse’ funeral as last bank closes

Lloyds Bank is committed to the industry wide Access to Banking Protocol introduced by the British Bankers’ Association in May 2015. Before we made the decision to close the Glastonbury branch we carried out a thorough review to assess the impact of the closure on customers and the wider community.

On Tuesday 5th April, despite a huge effort by the local community to keep it open, Glastonbury last bank – Lloyds – closed for the final time…

Chief Mourners, ‘Undertaker’, Deputy, and Mayor Michell photographed by Tor Webster – at the ‘Wild South West’ funeral of ‘Crazy Horse’.
Chief Mourners, ‘Undertaker’, Deputy, and Mayor Michell photographed by Tor Webster – at the ‘Wild South West’ funeral of ‘Crazy Horse’.

Marking the event in Glastonbury’s own inimitable way, the Last Bank Standing community group organised a fourth ‘Flash Mob’ – A ‘Wild South West’ funeral procession to mourn the demise of ‘Crazy Horse’!

A hand drawn funeral-bier, carrying the Black Horse’s coffin (its legs sticking out the top!), was pulled through the packed streets by the town’s Deputy, ‘Undertaker’, and chief mourners.

Crazy Horse’s coffin arrives at Lloyds Bank - photograph by Laura Zaky
Crazy Horse’s coffin arrives at Lloyds Bank – photograph by Laura Zaky

The procession was met outside Lloyds Bank (in the High Street) by the Town Crier, the town’s Mayor, the Member of Parliament, and many of the 6,000 residents who had signed the petition to keep the bank open!

Last Bank Standing Chair, Paul Manning told reporters: “I fully agree that people are banking online, but [Lloyds] are not thinking of their customers, because 30% of them don’t. Particularly the elderly and the more socially-disadvantaged who won’t, or can’t use the internet.

Lloyds Bank published this statement: “Following our review and period of contact with local customers and key members of the local community, we have decided to proceed with the closure of the Glastonbury branch on 5 April 2016.

Glastonbury’s community replies: “WATCH THIS SPACE !

Last bank standing is set to cash up for good - Central Somerset Gazette, 31st March 2016
Last bank standing is set to cash up for good – Central Somerset Gazette, 31st March 2016
A black day as the Black Horse is laid to rest - Front Page, Central Somerset Gazette, 7th April 2016
A black day as the Black Horse is laid to rest – Front Page, Central Somerset Gazette, 7th April 2016
‘Dead horse’ wheeled to doors of last bank in protest at its closure - Central Somerset Gazette, 7th April 2016
‘Dead horse’ wheeled to doors of last bank in protest at its closure – Central Somerset Gazette, 7th April 2016

OTHER MEDIA COVERAGE:

ITV NEWS: Protestors replace bank sign with horse leaving town [30th March 2016]

Protestors replace bank sign with horse leaving town

WESTERN DAILY PRESS: Last bank in Glastonbury to shut next week [31st March 2016]

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BBC ONE: Glastonbury Lloyds to shut despite 6,000 signature petition [5th April 2016]

BBC 6000 petition

ITV WEST: Glastonbury’s last remaining bank closes its doors [5th April 2016]

ITV Last bank closes doors

Central Somerset Gazette: Last bank closes in Glastonbury as ‘dead horse’ led to its door in mock funeral protest [7th April 2016]

CSG Mock funeral photographs by Jason Bryant