Things got heated at a town hall meeting in Lanark last night, as residents there try to hold on to their bank.

About a hundred residents gathered at the Lanark Timber Run Golf Course upset about the impending departure of their lone bank. 

One resident stepped up to complain that “this town has almost been shut down before by businesses leaving.  We are growing and now you want to remove our financial institution?”

The Scotiabank on Lanark’s main street is slated to close and move to a location in Perth in January 2017. 

Bank employees came in to address some of residents’ concerns this evening.  They say the closure of their bank will mean a long and inconvenient drive in to Perth.