Quakers gathered outside Barclays in Luton to show their concern for the state of the economy and the behaviour of the banks on Saturday.
The ‘witness event’ was a symbolic display of concern for banks’ actions which have contributed to the economic downturn, causing widespread suffering especially for the poor and vulnerable.
Quakers were involved in the founding of Barclays bank in the 17th Century and have historically always been concerned with social issues.
Colin Hall, one of the event organisers, said: “Our meeting wasn’t aimed at the staff or managers of this branch, it is Barclays as a whole that we are desperately concerned about. We handed in a letter to the bank manager to pass on to Barclays’ chief executive.
“Quakers are very much concerned with the nature of the financial industry, and about debt in our society and the devastating effect that has.
“Quakers try to live by principles of truth and integrity, peace, equality and simplicity and we hope these principles might help to heal the banking sector.”