Name: Russell Beck
Profession: Prop maker for West End
and Broadway shows. I have a passion for music and am interested
in bringing top quality performers to Lewes, starting with
Krishnamurti Sridhar at Pelham House this week (see page 19).
Local lad? I was born in Lewes, but
when I left school at 18 I decided to move out because I didn’t
want to get bogged down and fossilised. I vowed never to come
back, apart from to visit my parents. I went to live in Cambridge,
and ended up living there very happily for 26 years. When
the flood happened in 2000 I came down to help out a friend
and pretty soon I was hooked again. I started spending most
of my weekends here, and realised I had a better social life
here than in Cambridge. So I decided to buy a house here.
I’ve never regretted that decision.
Best thing about Lewes? I’d like
to say there’s a lot going on and a lot of restaurants
to eat in but frankly it’s the friendliness of the place.
Friends are the most important thing to me and I find it the
most perfect place to make friendships and nurture them.
Worst thing about Lewes? The three-tiered
governmental system. It doesn’t help the town. The Town
Council does a good job and supports the Pells Pool and should
have a bigger budget and more power.
Favourite pub? The Lewes Arms. It was
good to me when I came here and I’m very loyal to it.
You’re guaranteed a good conversation there.
What’s your poison? I change
all the time. Corona at the moment. I’m not fussed about
Waitrose or Tesco (or neither)? Either
of them as infrequently as possible. They are a necessary
evil now and again but I like the fact the Farmers’
Market is expanding, I’m a great fan of Barefoot Herbs,
the fishmonger’s in the Riverside and Bill’s.