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Name: Neil Whiting
Comment: I have just returned home after my weekly browse around my local independent record store, Record Village, in Scunthorpe town centre. As on many previous occasions, I picked up a small armful of CDs and a couple of second-hand vinyl bargains.

However, today is different: the shop now features large wording announcing ‘Closing Down’. It is going to continue as an internet-based store and I wish everyone connected with the venture well. It is a sad day for music lovers like myself.

The number of such shops where you can freely browse is being reduced almost weekly. (As of March there will be none in my local area, if I do want to ‘browse’ I am driving 50-plus miles –, hmm, looks like I’m not browsing!).

Record Village has been part of the music scene in Scunthorpe for over thirty years. I have always found them to be helpful, knowledgeable and I cannot count the number of artists I have been introduced to via RV. All of which is impossible when shopping ‘virtually’, there is no personal touch shopping online!

I wish everyone connected with the new venture ‘all the best’. At the same time I also feel like I have lost a friend.




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