MORE meetings about the impact of RBS branch closures are set to take place in the Scottish Borders due to public demand.

Local MP John Lamont and Rachael Hamilton MSP have already hosted events in Duns, Hawick and Melrose.

After being contacted by a number of constituents who were unable to attend, further meetings will take place in the three remaining towns set to lose their local branch.

Residents in Jedburgh, Selkirk and Eyemouth will be given an opportunity to express their views and hear about the campaign to save their branches.

The news comes after RBS announced it was withdrawing mobile bank services from a number of communities in the Borders, breaking a promise to protect this service in light of the closure of local branches.

John Lamont MP said: “I was surprised with the number of people who turned up to our recent RBS meetings, but since then many more have contacted me to ask for events to take place in the other towns affected by branch closures.

“I’d urge any residents and businesses in Jedburgh, Selkirk and Eyemouth who are concerned, as well as anyone who was unable to make the last meetings, to turn up on March 8.

“Following last week’s terrible news about mobile branch closures, we need to step up the pressure on the bank to think again. Abandoning the Borders like this is completely unacceptable.”

Rachael Hamilton MSP said: “It’s really important that we hear everyone’s thoughts on the proposed RBS branch closures.

“I believe that we can twist the arm of RBS and get them to reverse this damaging decision.

“The bank needs to wake to the needs of their rural customers. These meetings provide an opportunity for RBS customers to show them just how much they care.”