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Clarkes in my hometown in Lincolnshire. My aunt worked there, which I found a bit embarrassing when I was in the shop. My first 45 purchase of my own choice was "Itchycoo Park" by the Small Faces. My mum gave me the money, I can't remember how much but I believe it was 1968. I do remember singles being 7s 6d but have no idea when that was. One time I went in to collect a record I'd ordered, I think I was about 11 or 12, and it hadn't arrived, but my aunt helpfully said, "Oh, your dad's order is in." It was "Try To Remember" by Nana Mouskouri. I didn't want to be carrying that uncool record around, but I didn't have any choice because here was my aunt handing it to me in a brown paper bag with "Clarkes" printed in black on the front. Obviously, I ran into the local bully boys on the way home and they had a field day. I don't think "wanker" was common currency in those days, but whatever the 1970 equivalent was echoed in my ears all the way to my front door. Madfox


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