High street bank Halifax has announced plans to close branches in two Norfolk towns. 

The bank plans to shut its  Church Street, Dereham branch on March 14 and its Market Place, Diss branch on March 20. 

It follows the news that Barclays - which owns both Halifax and its parent company Bank of Scotland - is also leaving Dereham, with its Market Place branch to close on 15 February.

 But Dereham's mayor, Hugh King, said that while the bank closures were "disappointing" he was confident the town would bounce back.

Eastern Daily Press: Hugh King, mayor of DerehamHugh King, mayor of Dereham (Image: Royal British Legion)

Mr King said: “While there have been a few high-profile closures recently, Dereham is still faring better than many other towns.

"I believe Dereham has a bright future, the big nationals like Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Wetherspoons and Greggs don’t choose to locate in a town that is declining.

"Dereham is resilient and will bounce back”.    

Eastern Daily Press: Dereham's Halifax branch on Church StreetDereham's Halifax branch on Church Street (Image: Google Maps)

Diss is also losing its Lloyds branch on Market Hill, also on March 20 next year making two bank closures on the same day for the town. 

Halifax said only 138 customers had regularly used the Dereham branch in the 12 months to July this year. 

Figures show 61pc of the branch's in-person customers are aged 55 and over. 

The nearest Halifax branches will be Gentleman's Walk in Norwich, and in King Street, Thetford. 

Halifax said: "In the run-up to the branch closure branch staff will be on-hand to offer support and guidance on the ways you can bank with us.

"Plus, after the branch closes we'll have a community banker visit this area.

"They’ll also be able to offer support and guidance on the ways you can bank with us."