New shop gets in the groove in Spalding for Record Store Day

Alan Barnsdale with just some of his vast collection of vinyl records.
Alan Barnsdale with just some of his vast collection of vinyl records.
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From Abba to Zappa and punk to funk, vinyl records are back in the groove - and the opening of a new outlet is hoped to send collectors in a spin this weekend and heading for Spalding.

Uptown Vinyl Records Music Shop has opened at the Spalding Lifestyle and Garden Centre – just in time for tomorrow’s Record Store Day – the annual celebration which champions a reason to dust off collections that for many have been resigned to the attic for years.

And there to give support will be Britain’s Rasta poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

A selection of more than 40,000 vinyl records, many selling for around £3 to £5, can be found decked in memorabilia in a specialist area of the lifestyle centre, next to the Johnson Community Hospital in Pinchbeck Road, which is becoming even more of a retro paradise with its vintage wines and shabby chic furniture.

Alan Barnsdale, the owner of the collection, couldn’t have chosen a better time to launch his new business, with the with the launch of a new chart, an upsurge in the sale of record players and the demise of the CD and download markets.

He is looking forward to welcoming collectors and new, who are discovering the physical joy of holding a vinyl record that excited their parents and grandparents, during tomorrow’s Record Store Day.

The lifestyle centre opens on Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

For the full story and pictures, see Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press