The re-opened Halifax branch is on the right -where the Sense charity shop was before the fire

Bank is first to re-open after ‘great fire’ of Uckfield

Life is returning to the row of shops devastated by the “great fire” of Uckfield.

The Halifax bank is now open having moved a couple of doors down the High Street to premises previously occupied by the Sense charity shop.

We reported in August that the bank was seeking planning permission for new signs at the 122 High Street premises.

The fire in September 2012 destroyed shops occupied by Sense, the British Heart Foundation, the Halifax and A&A Nails plus office premises at the rear and above. It is estimated the damage is costing more than £1 million to repair.

It also made life extremely difficult for neighbouring businesses in the short-term while work went on to shore-up the fire-damaged premises. For a time the High Street was closed to traffic with businesses in Olives Yard particularly affected.

*Two youths were convicted of starting the blaze which began in a bin in Olives Yard.

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