Profession: Shop owner. I’ve
just opened Laporte’s Gallery and Takeaway on Friar’s
Walk, which is a local corner shop-cum-gallery-cum-coffee
bar, selling local, fair trade and organic produce.
Are you local: if not how long have you been here? I was born
and bred in Lewes.
Best thing about Lewes? The independent
traders and the fact that it’s just a hop skip and a
jump from the countryside.
Worst thing about Lewes? The
traffic. The by-pass was supposed to relieve it, but it seems
to be increasing day by day. I’m surrounded by traffic
where I work, and where I live.
Favourite pub? The Lansdown and
the Lewes Arms.
What’s your poison? Anything
above 5% proof.
Waitrose or Tesco (or neither)?
I use both the supermarkets in moderation, I have to be honest.
But I also get a veggie box and organic produce, and only
use the supermarkets in an emergency when I’ve run out.
What do you think about traffic wardens?
They are human beings. Some are nice, and some are
not so nice.
Which Bonfire Society do you go to?
I used to be a Cliffe regular, but nowadays I either watch
it from the riverbank if friends are having a party, or from
up on the top of Chapel Hill. It’s great up there, you
can see the fireworks from all the societies and there’s
a real party atmosphere.