Record Store Day proves to be a real family affair in Norwich

Vinyl enthusiasts braving the rain to buy the latest offerings at Soundclash, St Benedicts, Norwich

Vinyl enthusiasts braving the rain to buy the latest offerings at Soundclash, St Benedicts, Norwich on Record Store Day. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

The 1971 hit record by Sly and the Family Stone might not have been among the vinyl on offer at a Norwich music shop but Record Store Day sure proved to be a real Family Affair.

Scores of people travelled from far and wide to take up their place in the queue outside Soundclash on St Benedict's Street to get their hands on some exclusive releases by hundreds of artists – old and new – for the annual celebration of independent music retailers.

Suffolk music fan Mark Watters was number one in the line, having arrived at 3.15am, but many of the other people who braved the cold and wet conditions were not just looking for something for themselves.

Simon Rose and his wife Teresa, both 40, had travelled from Lowestoft to get their hands on Iron Maiden's Empire of the Clouds for sons Ryan, 20, and Matthew, 17.

Mr Rose said: 'I think it's great. It takes me back to when I was a teenager when I had to come out and buy records from a shop, so it's great.'


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Another couple at the event for their family were Paul and Julie Garnham, who came with daughter Lucy, 15.

Mr Garnham, 54, from Beccles, said: 'When she first said 'could I have a record player?' I thought it would be a six-month fad.'

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But he said he was pleased she had picked up on something that has been an important part of his life.

'I was born and brought up near Ipswich and I used to go to independent record stores on Saturday afternoons when I was Lucy's age and stand there for hours. It takes me back.'

Lucy, who managed to get a Mac DeMarco record said she was 'pleased'.

Describing her love for vinyl, she added: 'I like the sound better and like the way it has more art in it. I just like it better than CDs and stuff.'

Paul Mills, owner of Soundclash, who was 'really, really pleased' with the turnout, sad: 'There's a lot more younger people interested in vinyl music and records which is great and really good to see,' he added.

Elsewhere with music fans from the region descended on other participating shops including Prelude Records in Norwich, Lewks in Downham Market and Vinyl Hunter in Bury St Edmunds.

Andrew Cane, owner of Prelude Records in St Giles Street, Norwich, said it had been 'really busy'.

The renaissance of vinyl in a time of declining sales represents a surprising success story in the music industry.

In 2014, 2.1 million LPs were purchased by music fans, a figure which represented an increase in demand for an eighth successive year, climbing 64pc to a 21-year high.

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