CUMNOCK and Mauchline town centres were changed forever this week as one of their long standing fixtures closed their doors for good.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) ended its affiliation with Cumnock and Doon Valley as it shut its last remaining branches.

Mauchline said a fond farewell to the only bank left in the town on Tuesday while the branch on Glaisnock Street closed for the last time at 5pm on Wednesday.

Both branches had been mainstays on the high streets and allowed the community to do thier banking without having to travel.

RBS made the announcement that it would close the branches back in April.

Customers in Cumnock, Doon Valley and Upper Nithsdale will now have to rely on the bank’s mobile branch service or travel to Ayr, Kilmarnock or Dumfries to visit a branch.

The branches remained popular with the local communities and had only seen a drop in customer transactions of less than 10 per cent over the last six years.

The bank decided to close the branches, along with 30 others nationwide, as more customers turn to online banking.

However less than half of RBS’s customers in Cumnock and Doon Valley used online banking when they announced the closures.