The last remaining bank in a Suffolk coastal town is set to close this week. 

Barclays bank in Southwold will shut its doors for the final time on Thursday.

Bosses at the banking giant said the reasoning behind the closure was due to lack of use

According to Barclays, only 17 customers use the branch regularly as the only way to do their banking. 

After the branch closes the next closest Barclays bank will be in Lowestoft. 

Although the bank will be closing, Barclays is reassuring customers that people will still be able to talk to colleagues in person. 

A spokesman for the bank said: "We want to reassure you that we’re here to help. We’ll stay in your community and you’ll be able to talk to us in person.

"We’re finalising the details of where we’ll be based, and when, to support you with your banking, and we‘ll share the details locally once confirmed.

"We’ll be available to help you with things like day-to-day banking queries and helping you manage your money, though there won’t be access to cash at this site."

Upon hearing about the closure Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal said it was "disappointing and extremely concerning" that the bank was closing down. 

Ms Coffey said: "Physical branches are especially important for the elderly and most vulnerable and are also critical for our many small businesses.

"I will be meeting senior representatives soon to question their decision and to identify what alternative services they are planning on offering customers.

"I’m thankful to Lloyds for already providing a mobile service in Southwold as well as their full branch in Woodbridge. I will also now be applying for a Banking Hub for both Southwold and Halesworth, where there is also a lack of service.

"The hubs, operated by the Post Office, provide face-to-face access to cash and other services whoever you bank with - and run successfully in other parts of the country."