LOCAL MP David Mundell and constituency MSP Oliver Mundell have called on TSB think again about closing the Ruthwell Savings Bank Museum.
Both politicians this week urged TSB executives to use a meeting this Friday afternoon at the Crichton in Dumfries with local stakeholders to explore alternative options to axing the facility and moving most of the contents to Edinburgh.
The small museum is within the restored cottage where the pioneering savings bank movement was founded by social reformer and parish minister, the Rev. Henry Duncan, in 1810.
David Mundell said: "I will continue to press TSB to revisit this decision. The obvious interest in preserving this facility is something that might offer opportunities for the bank to work with local groups to formulate a long-term future for the museum."
Oliver Mundell, who has raised the issue with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, added: "The exhibits need to be seen in the context of the Ruthwell savings bank cottage and near-by church with its historic cross -- not in a corporate office 85 miles away."