"On the corner is a banker with a motorcar..."

The bank that inspired lyrics from The Beatles classic 1967 single 'Penny Lane' is set to close its doors.

The single helped kick off the tumultuous pop event of 1967, a double A-side release alongside the deeply experimental 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.

Paul McCartney's love letter to Liverpool, 'Penny Lane' utilised a number of local reference points, which have become internationally famous.

The second verse describes a banker coming out of his car, something the songwriter has always insisted was lifted from real life.

In the song he sings: “On the corner is a banker with a motorcar, and little children laugh at him behind his back, and the banker never wears a Mac in the pouring rain, very strange.”

Now the bank that inspired the line is set to close. The branch will shut its doors as part of a raft of closures from TSB, and following the shuttering of 93 branches in 2020.

It's a poignant moment, although Clash is sure that other nearby spots - the fabled barber's shop, tram stop, and fire station - for instance will all keep drawing in the tourists.

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