The charity Barnardo’s will open a new charity shop in Driffield today – just a few feet away from their former store which was torched by arsonists.
Staff and hard working volunteers were devastated when fire gutted their Middle Street South shop, destroying thousands of pounds worth of donated stock.
But they will be back in business this week with a bigger and better shop in a new location just a couple of doors down from the original site.
Manager Tracy Harrison and her 25-strong band of staff and volunteers have been working long hours in a bid to get the new store up and running today.
Kind-hearted Driffield folk have rallied to the cause and have been donating goods for sale by the charity.
But as much of their original stock was destroyed in the fire, Mrs Harrison said they were desperate for more fresh stock, especially ladies accessories, including handbags, shoes and clothing.
General bric-a-brac was also much needed – everything from electrical goods to DVDs, CDs pottery and nick-nacks.
Mrs Harrison said that her team had been working hard to get the new shop up and running and she was confident that bargain hunters and shoppers would support the charity once more.
“Before we were even open people could see we were stocking the new shop and had been leaving bags of goods outside the door,” she said.
Meanwhile, police are continuing to investigate the fire at the original premises.
So far, no one has been arrested for the offence.
As previously reported, CCTV images showed a number of youths in the area when the fire began at around 1am on Tuesday, June 10.
It is believed the fire began at the rear of the store after a hole was kicked through boarding behind a doorway annexed by an alley to a storage area.
Officers also found abusive graffiti sprayed on the building.
Police launched an appeal for witnesses. Anyone who saw anyone in the area at the time of the fire, or anything suspicious, is asked to call officers on 101 quoting log number 24 of June 10.