Farmers' relief as Hailsham Market saved from closure

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Farmers have spoken of their relief after Sussex's only surviving livestock market was saved from closure after a 15-year fight.

The operators of Hailsham Market, which first opened in the town centre in 1867, have been able to buy its freehold.

This will mean farmers will not have to travel to Ashford in Kent, or Salisbury in Wiltshire, to sell their animals.

Sainsbury's and Aldi supermarkets both tried but failed to get permission to build on the three-acre market site.

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