Historic signage at the old Lloyds Bank branch in Upton-on-Severn will stay after its fate was clarified by the council.

There had been rumours the bank had asked for the lettering to be removed as part of the ongoing removal from the old bank, however the council has clarified, saying the old lettering is staying after an application to grant the building listed status.

Councillor Betty Williams said: “It is lettering dating back to the original bank in Upton.

“To me that is history dating back to the original bank that was opened up in Upton.

“It should certainly stay as it is part of Upton and adds to the fabric of the bank.

“I am the first to want to preserve our history and sadly so much has been lost over the years.”

An application has been made to Malvern Hills District Council to have the building listed. So far there have been no objections.

The Lloyd’s branch in Upton closed on October 15th as part of staff cuts which have seen over 1,000 people made redundant across the country.

A spokesperson for Malvern Hills District Council, said: “There is a live application for Listed Building Consent which proposes to remove the modern corporate branding and signage from the Lloyds Bank premises in Upton.

"No action is proposed to remove the ‘Old Bank’ lettering above the door.

"The consultation period for this application ends on 9th November. So far no objections to this application have been received.”