Two insane weeks spent clearing, cleaning, stripping down and sorting out, to be ready for re-opening on Saturday 14 July 2012. The authentic 1965 interior has been preserved as far as possible, including the beautiful red, blue and yellow interior panelling, original EMI and Parlophone signage, wooden record bays and original listening booth.
Discoveries unearthed in the back room upstairs tell the story of music recording and playing through the 20th century. We found two working gramophones and a selection of 78s, a low-slung 70s radiogram and quite a selection of chunky cassette and cd players from the 1980s and beyond. A hi-fi graveyard.
And some choice classic albums. Oh, we have had some fun. Work continues, to sift through the accumulation of more than 45 years of continuous trading, preserving this little slice of music history and, we hope, giving this much-loved local institution a vital and dynamic future!