The Commercial Vehicles Parade was part of the opening celebration for the British Empire Shopping Week. Other attractions during that week included “a very interesting demonstration of umbrella making. …Daily Mannequin parades, free exhibitions of Empire Films at the Cinema de Luxe, Whist Drives and an opportunity for Community Singing.” (Sussex Express, 25 March 1927)
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
Martlets has been trading through retail shops for over 20 years, becoming a recognised and trusted part of the communities they serve.
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
The demand for affordable, quality items is always high in times of uncertainty. We’re very lucky that we receive fantastic clothing, homeware, furniture and more by our amazing supporters. These items then go on to generate vital income to support our patients and their families.
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
My favourite moments were while preparing shops to reopen. So many people were so excited to see us getting ready to open the doors again. It was wonderful to hear how much people love visiting our shops.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
I like how things change, evolve and develop over time. If there are great independent retailers, essential services and lovely pubs, I’m happy and will continue to love Lewes.
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?
I can’t help but get excited when the Christmas lights go up.
Karen and Rob at The Martlets Hospice Shop