Lewes Bonfire’s magnificent seven unite for Mumford and Sons festival

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The Bonfire Societies of Lewes will be uniting to play a key role in the eagerly antcipated visit to the town by multi award-winning band Mumford & Sons.

The Gentleman Of The Road Tour promoters have announced that the societies, supported by Harveys Brewery, will be running one of the two bars within the main stage arena for the Lewes Stopover on July 19 and 20.

All seven of the Lewes Bonfire Societies will collaboratively run the bar with exclusive supply through Harveys.

The bar will be the primary supplier of cask ales in the main event arena. The societies are looking forward to working with the brewery and the event organisers and are pleased to have been given this opportunity to raise some much needed funds for Lewes Bonfire Night.

It is expected that more than 100 volunteers from all the societies will help to staff the bar over the weekend. Harveys is the oldest independent brewery in Sussex and has produced many award-winning ales.

Its Sussex Best Bitter, previously voted Champion Best Bitter of Britain for two consecutive years, will be sold by the scieties over the bar.

Paul Slot, speaking on behalf of the societies, commented: “All the Lewes Bonfire Societies are very grateful to Harveys for giving us the opportunity to run the Harveys bar at the Stopover weekend.

“Harveys is a real Lewes institution supporting lots of fundraising ventures in the town and this is a great chance for the societies to raise some cash from an event in Lewes, all of which will go straight back into Lewes Bonfire Night.”

The partnership further emphasises the promoters’ wish to secure local and community participation in the weekend with many other Sussex businesses already confirmed for pitches within the Priory Market and main arena.

In addition to this Lewes District Council has been responsible for arranging a community inclusive schedule of fringe events within the town.

Mumford & Sons have revealed they will be taking part in a charity football tournament at The Dripping Pan, home of Lewes FC, on Friday, July 29.

Other bands participating in the Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover will also be taking part in the event.

Free tickets to see the football are on offer in return for volunteering to clean up the Convent Field after the festival. The initiative is being organised by the Lewes FC Supporters’ Club and anyone interested should contact Charlie@lewesfc.com