The closing down date of a town's only remaining bank has been delayed. 

Lloyds in Haverhill was expected to close down on June 25 after the banking giant announced a round of closures last year. 

At the time, bosses carried out an assessment of the closure and said a banking hub was recommended for Haverhill by LINK.

Lloyds has said if the banking hub is not up and running by the listed closure date the branch could be kept open for up to 12 months.

However, a new closure date of September 24 has been announced on their website. 

According to Lloyds, 81% of the branch's customers use other ways of banking, such as mobile, internet, or phone banking as well as other branches. 

Community leaders described the closure as a "blow" for Haverhill. 

Aaron Luccarini, who represents Haverhill Central on West Suffolk Council, said the closure announcement marked a "sad and disappointing day for Haverhill residents and our High Street."

East Anglian Daily Times: Aaron Luccarini, who represents Haverhill Central on West Suffolk CouncilAaron Luccarini, who represents Haverhill Central on West Suffolk Council (Image: West Suffolk Council)

"I’m naturally angry at all the major banks that have abandoned Haverhill and their customers, all of which closed without consulting their customers," he said.

"I am however pleased that Haverhill looks to be getting a Banking Hub. I hope to see this open in an existing High Street shop."

A Lloyds Bank spokesman said:  “As many customers now choose to bank online or through their mobile app, visits to our Haverhill branch have fallen over recent years. 

"Customers can use the local post office for everyday banking which is a short walk away, access cash at the nearby free-to-use ATMs, alongside other ways to bank such as over the phone and online, or the new Banking Hub once it is up and running.“