I grew up with vinyl around me as my parents had a collection between them. I also had a player as a young kid and can remember playing 'Pinky and Perky' and also, strangely a Kylie Minogue 45. Then of course cassettes (and later CDs) were the thing and I loved the thrill of going to Woolworths or Our Price to buy a single of the latest pop band; even better would be if you could get something in the bargain bucket, sans sleeve.
Funny how things come full circle. I now have a modest collection of vinyls that I've been accumulating over recent months. My CD collection is really quite big and I still love the story it tells of my teen years into my twenties, however, nowadays I tend only to buy albums on CD of artists I really love or after some 'research' over itunes and Youtube.
My vinyl collection is where I put thought into what I want to own in all its glory- albums I've either treasured as CDs over the years, or curiosity items. Here is my collection so far:
A photo of my brother taken at Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent. This was taken inside the orangery where the orange trees were just starting to bear little green fruits. He stands next to the Buzalgo stove which is a heater from the 18th century. This room is very light as there are many windows, some with stained glass inserts.
From bargain bucket cassette tape albums to the finest Pick 'n Mix selection, Woolworths holds a place in many people's hearts in the UK. This Tonbridge branch closed down many years ago now and was replaced with a generic pound shop. Even that has now disappeared. Whatever doomed retailer that comes next will never be Woolworths. That iconic tiling and the branded signage show that classics live on, even when they're technically 'dead'.