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Lewes Eccentrics

On 20 Jan 2011 at 2:12pm Grunge wrote:
Has anyone any memories of bygone Lewes Eccentrics?
On 20 Jan 2011 at 5:58pm Diazepam wrote:
Did you mean to say "bygone"?
On 20 Jan 2011 at 7:52pm Jonnyboy wrote:
Corporal Ted Smith who, in the seventies, always had a musical instrument with him. Sometimes a bassdrum, or cornet and even bagpipes. Regularly arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour, he could often be seen marching up the High Street at closing time making a racket. He was an old school painter and decorator insisting on using lead based paints which may have had something to do with his eccentric behavour! I think Fred Arnold, mentioned in a prevous thread would qualify. The slaughterman who used to dispatch Fred's goats tells me the brains were Fred's favourite part.
On 20 Jan 2011 at 8:19pm king cnut wrote:
Ted Smith- lovely old boy. Used to serenade the ladies at Lewes Police Station and bring them flowers. Fred Arnold..mmm!
How about the old lady who used to drive around Lewes late at night feeding raw meat to cats. There was a man in his late 50s walked around Cliffe in early 80s. He had an amazing voice, sounded just like James Mason.
On 20 Jan 2011 at 8:43pm Jonnyboy wrote:
I think the old lady was Mrs Hammond ( hammond removals).
On 20 Jan 2011 at 9:03pm Cynic wrote:
Norman Baker - he used to go round giving a very good impression of a radical Liberal. I often wonder what happened to him.
On 20 Jan 2011 at 9:05pm Grunge wrote:
@ Diazepam: I did mean "bygone" as I wouldn't want to offend anyone still alive. We still have plenty of living eccentrics, I'm glad to say.
How about the lady who was banned from most of the shops in Lewes for being too argumentative. She was liable to stop you in the street and tell you that you were too rich.
On 23 Jan 2011 at 12:39am expat wrote:
What about the 'Mad Artist'. He used to set his easel up on Southover High Street, and paint, sometimes painting the occasional flint on the wall. He reminded me of Catweazel. Anyone remember him in the 70's? Use to frighten the sh*t out of me. Only time he spoke to me was to tell me to "put some clothes on lass" when I was wearing my hotpants and poncho. I remember the cat lady, didn't she have what would now be an old classic car?

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