Friday 3rd June 1932. A double decker Southdown bus carrying a large party of women to the Drama Festival in Lewes was involved in an incident on School Hill. The bus ran backwards from side to side until mounting the pavement. Fortunately, no-one was walking on the pavement at the time.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
We are celebrating our 5th year on the High Street on November 14th, 2020. As a family business, we were drawn to Lewes due to the Boon's connection to the town, spanning generations. Lewes is also a brilliant place for bookshops, and we felt that a bargain book shop would be a great addition to a town already full of bibliophiles.
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Fiction, colouring books and puzzles have been extremely popular post lockdown as people rediscover life's simple pleasures.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
A lovely customer said she had been looking forward to coming back to our shop all through lockdown, and so many people expressed their relief that we had reopened.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Si’s Sounds was part of the fabric of Lewes, and ironically we replaced Octave, another music shop, which was a favourite of my brother.
Of all the events and meetings that happen on the High Street which are you most looking forward to experiencing again when social restrictions are eased?
Viv at Boon Books