SWEET-TOOTHED children – and adults – could be tucking into refreshing ice cream in a former bank this summer.

Plans to transform the former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Dunbar High Street have been given the thumbs up by East Lothian Council planners.

The bank moved out of the premises at 105 High Street in May last year, with Gavin and Susan Love, of Love Sweets and Ices, now getting ready to move in.

Love Sweets and Ices is currently based on the opposite side of the street at 134 High Street.

Mr Love, who has run the business with his wife for about eight years, told the Courier they planned to use both premises, with The Sweetie Bank aiming to open later this month.

He said the plan was to offer “a wider range of traditional sweets and treats and ice creams”.

He added: “We are particularly looking forward to being able to give our customers the option to enjoy sit-in ice cream and sundaes.

“The feedback from customers and visitors to Dunbar has been great and we anticipate being up and running later this month so that we can be prepared for the busy summer months.”

The bank branch closure was one of 62 RBS and 197 NatWest branches to shut following a decision at the end of 2017.

Mr Love, who previously worked in the banking sector, revealed what it was about the former bank that attracted him to it.

He said: “I think it was its location on the High Street.

“It is on the sunny side of the street, which is quite nice for an ice cream and sweetie business.”

The plans received no objections and were backed by the town’s community council.

Previously, Pippa Swan, chairwoman, said: “I’m looking forward to it and I am sure it will be a good addition to the street.”

Ward councillor Paul McLennan added: “I think it will be a great success and good luck to Gavin and Susan, who are investing in the town and are really nice people.”