Name: Andy Freeman
Profession: Press and Public Relations Officer for Sussex Police Authority. Out of hours I’m a director performer for the Lewes Operatic Society and panto Dame at St Mary’s.
Are you local: if not how long have you been here? My grandfather was a shepherd on Mount Caburn. My family had been living in Lewes for four years when I was born. I’ve spent all but two weeks of that time living in Lewes, but as those two weeks were after my birth, which took place in the Brighton General Hospital, I can’t consider myself a Lewesian. You have to be born here to be a true Lewesian.
Best thing about Lewes? Its people. It’s so full of talented people, characters, caring people. That’s what makes the town.
Worst thing about Lewes? Not being here.
Favourite pub? The Lewes Arms since Harveys Best cost 28p a pint. Hopefully it will continue being so, as long as Greene King doesn’t ruin it completely.
What’s your poison? Harveys Best (or red wine if my doctor’s reading this).
Waitrose or Tesco (or neither)? Waitrose. It’s smaller, and closer to home. But I do try to use local shops if I can, like Bill’s, Colin the butcher, and Terry’s Fisheries in the Riverside.
What do you think about traffic wardens? They’re very enthusiastic.
Which Bonfire Society do you go to? Having been chairman for 13 years and now a life member, I can’t say anything but Cliffe. But having been with them when I was a kid I do have a soft spot for Commercial Square.
Which newspaper do you read? All of them, because of my job. I restrict myself to The Sussex Express at the weekend. That comes from spending the first eight years of my working life there. By trade I’m a press photographer.


Andy Freeman: “I drank Harveys in the Lewes Arms when it was
28p a pint”