A FIFTY per cent loss in banking services in Ballymoney has dealt a serious blow people who live in rural areas where there is restricted access to the internet and where the elderly prefer to do business over the counter.

The First Trust followed the decision of the Bank of Ireland to transfer all business to Coleraine leaving the town with only two major remaining financial institutions – The Danske Bank and the Ulster.

And it’s not certain whether the Ulster will be retained after it too announced branch closures in Northern Ireland, however there is speculation that this branch is set to be retained.