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1954 - The Long Playing Record Library was opened in Squires Gate Railway Station buildings by Ivan March. It was later renamed as the Squires Gate Music Centre, which moved to 615 Lytham Road. Nick Moore

Aged 13, he was taken to see Walt Disney’s Fantasia.He went on to see the film 17 times – particularly fascinated by Leopold Stokowski’s treatment of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. In the meantime, while working as a clerk in Woolwich Town Hall, he started his first business venture, buying and selling 78 rpm records.

Thus in the autumn of 1954, from their home in St James Road in Liverpool, the couple launched The Long Playing Record Library. In return for a small fee, music lovers could borrow a number of recordings for weekly or fortnightly hire. They then had the option of returning the discs or buying them.

Moving to the Fylde coast, there the business was soon housed in the concourse buildings at Squires Gate Railway Station, formerly occupied by the newsagents, WH Smith.





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