Rugby gets the vinyl habit back

Christopher Hunt and Sally Wolanski have welcomed vinyl fans to Just for the Record. NNL-160609-215804009
Christopher Hunt and Sally Wolanski have welcomed vinyl fans to Just for the Record. NNL-160609-215804009

After a string of stories about stores leaving Rugby’s High Street, there is something to cheer about with the return of vinyl.

For a town which once boasted a number of independent record stores alongside the big players like Woolworth and WH Smith, this will cheer the hearts of the area’s music lovers.

Vinyl has been the unexpected comeback king across the country, appealing to those who never got rid of their record collections and a younger generation who have snapped up the new wave of turntables and releases by a growing number of artists.

Firmly in the corner of those who kept hold of their vinyl is lifelong collector Sally Wolanski.

She is taking the lead on Just for the Record, which opened on the first floor of Hunt’s Bookshop last Saturday, September 10.

It has a wide selection of rock, disco, 50s/60s/70s/80s/90s pop, reggae, punk, jazz, folk and country complementing the current printed sheet music and song books that are currently within Hunt’s.

Sally, who has 6,500 records, will start by offering second-hand vinyl, including some drawn from her own collection.

She said: “I’ve been collecting records for more than 30 years and they have really taken over the house.

“There have been an awful lot of shops closing so I thought I’d give it a go and see if we can help boost the footfall in town.”

Just for the Record will be open Monday to Thursday and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.