Nostalgia and a scent of vinyl at Pinchbeck record shop’s radio coffee morning

Uptown Vinyl Record Store at Spalding Lifestyle Centre, Pinchbeck, where manager 
Alan Barnsdale is in amongst some of the 50,000-plus records on sale.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Uptown Vinyl Record Store at Spalding Lifestyle Centre, Pinchbeck, where manager Alan Barnsdale is in amongst some of the 50,000-plus records on sale. Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Music titans and legendary DJ at vinyl enthusiast’s “Treasure Island”

A taste of rock nostalgia is coming to Pinchbeck where the music kings of old will meet a broadcaster of the current age next Wednesday.

Guitarist Ray Fenwick, best known for writing the theme to cult children’s TV show Magpie, drummer Gilson Lavis and legendary Spalding soul DJ Eggy Molen will all be at Spalding Lifestyle Centre, Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, on Wednesday, July 6, between 9am and noon.

The trio, along with BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Melvyn Prior, will all be guests of Alan Barnsdale of Uptown Vinyl Records music shop inside the retail centre, next to Johnson Community Hospital.

Alan said: “Ray Fenwick is one of our customers and when he went on radio recently to talk about his new album, he mentioned my shop.

“But the radio presenter had never heard of us and when they checked us out on the internet, they saw that we had a massive amount of records here.

“They told us about Melvyn Morgan and his Coffee Club and asked whether the radio station could come down on Wednesday.”

Legendary Spalding DJ Eggy Molen with young fans at the former Spalding Youth Club in February 1980.

Legendary Spalding DJ Eggy Molen with young fans at the former Spalding Youth Club in February 1980.

Since it opened last April, Uptown Vinyl Records has gained a reputation as a record enthusiast’s dream, with more than 50,000 vinyl records at a time when the turntable is making a stunning comeback.

Figures from the British Phonographic Industry, the main body for the UK recorded music sector, showed that more than two million vinyl albums were bought in the UK last year as sales soared by 64 per cent.

Alan said: “We’re Lincolnshire’s best kept secret, with more than 50,000 vinyl records here of every genre.

“But there’s also a friendly atmosphere in which people can browse at their leisure, get any advice we can off and experience a chillout scene in Pinchbeck.

We’re Lincolnshire’s best kept secret, with more than 50,000 vinyl records here of every genre

Alan Barnsdale of Uptown Vinyl Records, Spalding Lifestyle Centre, Spalding Road, Pinchbeck

“Vinyl is back but people don’t know they can buy it from here.”

During the morning, visitors can meet Ray Fenwick, Gilson Lavis, former drummer with Squeeze and now playing in Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and DJ Eggy Molen.

Known for his energetic sets and expertise in playing Tamla Motown and Northern Soul, the DJ became a “legend” in Spalding and Holbeach for championing musical greats such as Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Isley Brothers, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.

Alan said: “Gilson Lavis will be coming along with some of his artwork, as will DJ Eggy Molen who is a legend in these parts.

Guitarist Ray Fenwick, formerly of the Spencer Davis Group.

Guitarist Ray Fenwick, formerly of the Spencer Davis Group.

“DJ Eggy will be making a guest appearance to catch up with old friends at Melvin’s Coffee Club on Wednesday.

“It’s all happened quickly, but it’s something we just couldn’t refuse.”

Drummer and artist Gilson Lavis with his "Rhythm of Life" exhibition at the Norman Cross Art Gallery exhibition in Peterborough.  Photo by Alan Storer.

Drummer and artist Gilson Lavis with his "Rhythm of Life" exhibition at the Norman Cross Art Gallery exhibition in Peterborough. Photo by Alan Storer.