Name: Viv Howard
Profession: Landlady of the Lansdown Arms
Local lass? I’ve lived in Lewes all my life.
Best thing about Lewes? It evokes such a creative spirit in people. There is so much talent in this town: for example Arthur Brown, the Kooks and the Laser Crabs.
Worst thing about Lewes? That you bump into someone you don’t want to see in every aisle of Tesco.
Favourite pub? Eeeeer! The Lansdown.
What’s your poison? Red wine. That’s why we serve such a blinding one in the pub!
Waitrose or Tesco (or neither)? I was really looking forward to Waitrose, but as a vegetarian I was really disappointed with the result.
What do you think about traffic wardens? Answer unprintable.
Which Bonfire Society do you go to? I’m quite busy on Bonfire Night! But I do keep my membership going with the Cliffe and always watch the banner going up on the 4th.
Which newspaper do you read? The Sussex Express, to check they’ve put our listings in.
Are you pro or anti the Phoenix development? I don’t know too much about it, but I am aware that there is a lot of ill feeling about it in the town.
Favourite Lewes landmark? The Pells Pool. I grew up there and I hope my kids will too.
How would you spend a perfect Sunday afternoon? Sleeping.
What’s on your hifi? The Hat. They played at the pub a couple of weeks ago and they’re going to be massive.
Lewes would be better if… We utilised the river more instead of seeing it as our enemy.
What Lewes really doesn’t need is… An invasion of blood-sucking aliens.


Viv Howard: disappointed with Waitrose, too popular at Tesco