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Lewes May Declare Independence

September 11th, 2008

Following the lead of other towns – Totnes in Devon, Berkshire in Massachusetts – our town has created its own currency – the Lewes Pound. In an opposite move to globalisation, advocates of the pound want to encourage local sourcing and purchasing. It’s a great idea. There were 700 people at the launch of the new notes, and I think the next step will be to declare Independence! Read more here at Viva Lewes and at the Lewes Pound website.

Lewes Pound

Lewes Pound

One Response to “Lewes May Declare Independence”

  1. What a good idea! I had to chuckle when I saw “Leicester Road Stores” on the list – my initial reaction being Leicester being nowhere near Lewes 😀

    It certainly is interesting that the web site notes it has had interest from Chain groups… I wonder if this is the franchised operations or the full blown chain groups.

    I hope it’s successful – it has the added advantage of providing additional “odd money” that seems to accumulate when people travel – which can only be good for the local economy!

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