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Tuesday, September 09, 2008, Heidi Francis who owns Flint, a womens individual labels clothing boutique, holds a leaflet explaining the new Lewes Pound which will be launched tonight by Lewes Mayor Michael Chartier, at Lewes Town Hall. Heidi is in two minds as to whether to accept the new currency. 10,000 notes have been produced and more than 70 traders in the town have agreed to accept them. Organisers say the scheme will help increase a sense of pride in the community, help cut CO2 emissions and boost economic resilience amid the global downturn. The move is something of a step back to the past for Lewes, which had its own currency between 1789 and 1895. The Lewes Pound, which was drawn up by Transition Town Lewes (TTL), a group of local people seeking to rise to the challenges globalisation poses to small businesses, will be worth a pound sterling and will only be redeemed at locally-participating stores. The pilot scheme in Lewes will run until August next year when it will be reviewed. Ref: UHW025922_0005 Date: 09.09.2008 COMPULSORY CREDIT: UPPA/Photoshot

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