Music-lovers in Boston turned out in bumper numbers for this year’s Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record shops.
Hundreds of shoppers descended on the town’s Nevermind the Music Store, in Church Street, when the event returned last Saturday.
Record Store Day sees independent record shops being given the chance to sell special vinyl releases. Nevermind the Music Store was one of more than 200 in the UK taking part in this year’s event.
When owner Gareth Skinner arrived to open the shop at the earlier than normal time of 8am, the queue stretched to The Britannia public house; however, it would be almost two hours before he saw the end of it as more and more people turned out.
“It was extremely busy, even busier than I thought it was going to be,” said Gareth.
On top of this, the shop – which was taking part in its sixth Record Store Day – stayed open late until 7pm; it also opened again on Sunday (when it usually closed) and went on to welcome some customers who had come from as far as Norwich and York in search of prize presses.
Record Store Day aims to support the independent record shop sector, but Gareth said he also sees it as a chance to payback loyal shoppers, saying: “It is good financially for us, but it’s also a nice thank you to the customers as well.”
The most popular records in Boston this year, Gareth said, were: Slaves, Iron Maiden, Madonna, and Muse.