Some serious news reaches me from my homeland. Spillers is under threat.
The oldest record shop in the world that is still trading – probably – Spillers Records has been in the business of music since 1894.
It has educated several generations of feckless teenagers in what should and should not play on their turntable and is a much-needed throwback to the days when proper bands, playing proper music put their songs out on vinyl.
I had heard that the current owner was considering selling the business he has called “home” for more than 30 years – but only if he could find the right sort of buyer to take care of this national treasure. Now it appears the creation of several new retail developments surrounding Spillers has prompted a rent increase which makes the historic shop less attractive to potential buyers (http://music.guardian.co.uk/rock/story/0,,1969938,00.html).
A petition to save Spillers has been launched and as well as gathering a few thousand signatures from loyal customers past and present, the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, Cerys Matthews and Super Furry Animals are lending their support. Even half of the members of the Welsh Assembly have put pen to paper.
As one of the feckless teenagers who spent hours and a fair bit of money in Spillers, I hope the shop is saved for future generations of callow youth.
Save our Spillers (http://www.spillersrecords.co.uk) and sign the on-line petition.