Over the weekend of the 19th and 20th July 2013 Lewes witnessed its biggest event yet in the form of the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Festival.
Organised by the grammy award winning Mumford and Sons, and featuring a standout finale performance from them on the Saturday, the anticipation had been building for months since they visited Harveys Brewery in 2012 for a tour of the Brew house.
Hosting the festival, which brought 25,000 visitors to Lewes for the duration, Mumford wanted to make sure all local facilities were utilized, including local beer supplied by Harveys Brewery. They assisted in the brewing of the limited edition Lewes Stopover Brew in July, which was released a week before the festival. The new Harvey Hop Bar Trailer was at the event and worked in unison with a 50ft bar, manned by all seven of Lewes’ Bonfire Societies.
Over 37,000 pints of ale and cider were consumed, the profits of which were distributed equally between the Bonfire societies. With late night licensing permitted by the Council the pubs were full to the brim, concluding with a fantastic boost for the local economy.
We would like to thank Bob Trimm, Harveys Sales Manager, Mark Richards and David Swayne, Harveys Cellar Services, Adam Bagnall, Retail Manager and Bob Sawyer, Transport Manager for their dedication to the organization of the weekend. As well as all of the Lewes Bonfire Societies, who ran the bar, and other helping hands in the community without whom the weekend would not have been such a major success.
Photographs by Adam and Anna Bagnall, and Zoë Prescott