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Don't know if anyone is interested but back in 1989 to 1992 I worked at this shop Rayners on Park Street Bristol .......... Downstairs was classical section upstairs was pop rock etc etc
I'm also looking to find other staff who worked there ????? Amanda Purbrick

(November 5, 2015) Ray was the weirdest man, always a wet shiny face. As a rep I used to call on the shop. Comment:Mark Sony.

Name Former Rayners staff Comment:
I worked at Rayners for a fortnight. I was never paid and treated so abysmally that Ray made me break down and sent me home having a asthma attack. Ray was a nasty piece of work. Would rather have worked for someone nicer, like Jimmy Saville. His dad was a nice old boy though. (Sept 6, 2016).

I worked for Rayners for a long time from June 1990 -Oct 1993 then went back part time until I had my son , was working full time for a whil after until childcare became a problem so left in 1998 , I’ve got so much music from there, hated being down in the classical department

Natalie Draper

I worked there for two years back in the 80's. Ray was a horrible boss. He bullied me one day, resulting in my walking out. Good riddance.

Former employee Gould

I worked at Rayner's for about 6 years. Loved having access to some unusual, sometimes rare cd's. I think most of my £80 a week wages went straight back into the business in purchases:)

Ray was a very strange man,but his dad was lovely. He always used to buy us cakes when he was in and was good fun.
Despite the sometimes unpleasant work conditions, I loved my time there. We always made the best of things and had good fun :)
Sarah Willmott

Omigod I worked there too on Saturdays & got fired for calling Ray a wanker. He actually was one. He used to do practice shots with the staple gun onto the wooden floor & one Saturday he made me get down on my hands & knees & dig them out. Wanker
Joanne Brown
Worked there in 1976. Terrible pay but Yvonne Rayner, Mr Rayners daughter was a nice lady. Downstairs was just stock and cardboard boxes back then.
Bob Atherton

I used to work there in 1989 1990 ish I worked in the pop dept then moved to classical department when Mary left. Has anyone got any photos of the shop? And when did it close?

Lorraine Stocks (2023)


Tony Houghton
14 Jul 2023 at 04:31
Gerard Langley from The Blue Aeroplanes sometimes used to work there c. 1990.
Dave Harwood
21 Nov 2023 at 03:48
I found this advert in the 'Bristol Evening Post' dated 31st December 1980: “RAYNERS RECORDS, 84 Park Street, Bristol. Telephone: 23936. JANUARY SALE: LPs, Singles and special prices on Classical.”


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