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The day I met Winston Marshall at the Lewes Stopover
Queuing (because we’re British) to leave the arena after Mumford & Sons’ epic performance at their Lewes Stopover felt bitter sweet. I’ve seen them before, but that night was something special, but now it was over. What a weekend…brilliant music, good food, the best company, and seeing Mumford in shorts playing football…life doesn’t get better than this.
Or so I thought…
I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the aftershow party at the Con Club in Lewes for the Comedy & Cabaret Show with Piff the Magic Dragon, Thomas Gray & others…the night was that funny it made laughter an extreme sport! It was held in a small room so was really intimate, & at the first interval we were all amazed, nay gob-smacked, to find Winston on the back row with his beautiful girlfriend Susie & friends!
He was more than happy to chat or pose for a photo for any stunned fan that approached him…and no doubt aware most of us were overcome in his presence…he took time to chat to all. What a gent. A room full of strangers became friends over a mutual love for Mumford & Sons & an amazing night of comedy…but I am sure every fan in that room would agree…Winston’s relaxed & genuinely caring nature made every one of us feel special.
My day had started at the Union Music Shop at 11am…onto the arena…then the Con Club…so at 2.45am I could barely keep my eyes open…so I approached Winston to say goodbye…
Me to Win: “Thanks for a top weekend in Lewes”
Win: “No, thank you to you for coming & getting involved”
Me: “You’re my hero…you don’t know what that means to me”
At which point I burst into tears, and anything I’d planned to say flew out the window along with my dignity!
Win: “How long is your journey home?”
Me: “Six hours on a train, with nothing to look forward to at the end!”
Win: “Aw…take care Amanda from Burnley" (he remembered my name & where I was from)
If that’s not going the extra mile for your fans then I don’t know what is! My first thought when I awoke next morning was…did I dream that I met Winston? I scrambled for my camera, and there it was….photographic evidence that I met Winston Marshall.
I do hope Winston gets to read this, because those four very talented, yet humble guys & the wonderful friends & family they surround themselves with all deserve the success they are experiencing & I hope they are always blessed with love, happiness, & health. xxxx