Two bank branches across the region will close in the next week, as 18 are due to shut this year.

Banks are continuing to push forward with the move to online banking, with more branches set to pull down the shutters.

The number of people using in-person services has been falling for years as more people switch to digital.

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Three branches are set to close in the space of eight days within the next week, as EIGHTEEN close in the North East this year, leaving thousands of customers without a branch nearby.

One Barclays branch and one HSBC bank will close in the coming days.

HSBC, Whitley Bay – May 2

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HSBC will close its Whitley Bay branch at 279 Whitley Road on Tuesday (May 2).

The banking giant said the decision to close a branch is “is never easy or taken lightly”, announcing the news back in December last year.

The closure was met by opposition from locals including councillors who said they were “really disappointed” by the decision.

NatWest will also close its branch in Whitley Bay later this year on July 20.

Barclays, Leyburn – May 5

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Barclays announced in January that its Leyburn branch will pull down the shutters for the final time on Friday (May 5). It follows the closure of the Bedale bank last week (April 26) leaving the whole of Wensleydale without any bank branches.

Figures released by Barclays revealed that only 19 customers used the Leyburn branch as their only way of banking.

It means the nearest branch will now be in Richmond, almost 20 minutes away.

Here are all of the banks set to close in 2023 in the North East (as of May 1):


  • Stanhope, County Durham – DL13 2TU – CLOSED April 21
  • Bedale, North Yorkshire – DL8 1AD – CLOSED April 26
  • Leyburn, North Yorkshire – DL8 5BQ – closing May 5
  • Satburn, Teesside - TS12 1AB - closing June 30
  • Alnwick, Northumberland – NE66 1TF – closing July 7
  • Yarm, Teesside – TS15 9AH – closing July 14
  • Seahouses, Northumberland – NE68 7SJ – closing July 14
  • The Galleries, Washington, Sunderland - NE38 7SH - closing July 21


  • Whitley Bay, North Tyneside – NE26 2SW – closing May 2
  • Whitby, North Yorkshire – YO21 1BD – closing May 16
  • South Shields, South Tyneside – NE33 1NW – closing June 14
  • Gosforth, Newcastle – NE3 1HE – closing July 18

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  • Chester-le-Street, County Durham – DH3 3BD – CLOSED April 19
  • Whitley Bay, North Tyneside – NE26 2TH – closing June 21
  • Newton Aycliffe, County Durham - DL14 7EQ - closing September 6


  • Benton, North Tyneside – NE7 7EE – July 17
  • Newburn, Newcastle – NE15 8LS – September 14


  • Whitley Bay, North Tyneside – NE26 2TQ – July 20