Bad weather strikes Lewes Late Night Shopping again

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The curse of Lewes Late Night Shopping, bad weather, struck again last week - but this year it proved a definite bonus.

Freezing conditions and an almighty lashing from a hailstorm meant the public sought warmth and shelter in the shops.

And that meant good news for local businesses as visitors spent freely.

“It was the silver lining to the cloud,” said David Clark, the Chairman of Lewes Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve had a very positive feedback from traders and the town appeared to be packed from top to bottom.”

The evening opened with a light show on the façade of Lewes Crown Court courtesy of Starfish, the club for young musicians.

As always, the High Street was closed to traffic to allow everyone to wander in safety, and to enjoy the many street entertainers.

Shopkeeper and staff entered into the spirit of things, wearing fancy dress to usher customers in to brightly decorated premises.

There wwere two main stages for performances in the Cliffe Precinct, and additional performance spaces this year were on the steps of the court, outside Union Music in Lansdown Place and outside the Nutty Wizard at the far end of Cliffe High Street.

Father Christmas was in his grotto at Lewes House – thanks to Lewes District Council for hosting him once more – and hot chocolate and mulled wine could be found at the Town Hall, courtesy of Lewes Town Council.

A new attraction this year was the Snow Queen’s Treasure Hunt for younger shoppers.