BBC Radio Norfolk is holding a vinyl sale at The Forum in Norwich to raise funds for charity

Music lovers with a passion for vinyl are in for a treat this weekend when several thousand records go on sale at the BBC's reception at The Forum in Norwich,

From the very first Now album to some rare Tornados EPs, David Whiteley's Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Norfolk has been accumulating some vinyl gems thanks to his weekly Two Pound Play feature – and now records from this collection and more will be on sale at The Vinyl Countdown on Saturday which aims to raise funds for local good causes.

For the Two Pound Play feature listeners have been cajoled to head into charity shops all over the county and buy records to send in to to be played on the airwaves – and if the donated record costs less than �2 David Whiteley and sports reporter Nick Bowler have donated the difference to charity.

Mr Whiteley said: 'We are swimming in a sea of vinyl records. We have been sent dozen and dozens and dozens over the past few months.

'It was always the intention to have a sale of these records for charity and along with some old vinyl in the radio station's store cupboards and other generous donations from listeners, there's quite a stock to get rid of and we're getting excited about the response.'

He said he hoped the sale would raise a four-figure sum for local charities.

The specific charities that will benefit from the fundraiser are still to be decided.

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'It is the second time we have done the sale. Last time we raised about �700 – and we are hoping to top that this time!' he added.

Dr Vinyl, the show's resident expert, has been carefully sorting through some surprising rarities in the collection.

He said: 'I've found the first single by the Chantelles – a sixties British girl group – some interesting Marlene Dietrich recordings and Presley's Kid Galahad EP.'

Dr Vinyl will be present at the sale and will be happy to consider all reasonable offers for individual records of the hundreds on sale.

There will even be a box of not-very-vinyl CDs to help swell the funds.

BBC Radio Norfolk editor David Clayton said he was looking forward to the sale, and would also be bringing along his 40-year-old disco decks which will be used to play the hits throughout the day.

An Elvis impersonator will also be at The Forum during the morning to join in the fun.

The Vinyl Countdown record sale will be in the BBC's reception area in The Forum in Norwich on Saturday from 10am until 5pm.

emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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