Vinyl makes a comeback at Leeds’s Kirkgate Market

THIS CHARMING MAN: Mark Edwards had travelled from Manchester for the record fair, bringing with him a signed copy of The Smiths This Charming Man 12 single.
THIS CHARMING MAN: Mark Edwards had travelled from Manchester for the record fair, bringing with him a signed copy of The Smiths This Charming Man 12 single.
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A RECORD collectors’ fair made its debut appearance at Kirkgate Market this weekend, in a move which could see the event held there permanently.

Vinyl lovers from across the country attended the Premier Music Fair on Saturday, with dealers and collectors swapping stories about new finds.

The event is usually held in the Corn Exchange on the last Sunday of every month but fair organiser Adrian Melling said it may now run at both venues. He said: “It was interesting moving the event to a multi-function venue, as you can pick up a bit of extra interest with different people shopping.”

Collectors were also invited to bring in their records and memorabilia to be valued.

Mr Melling, who has been a record dealer for 40 years, said recent items brought in included a signed Beatles album.

“People bring in records all the time.

“We had the Beatles’ album A Hard Days Night come in with three autographs,” he said.

“Many of the autographs on their albums were signed by their roadies but this one was real, although it was missing John Lennon’s autograph.

“She didn’t want to sell it but it was valued at around £3,000.”

With the recent vinyl revolution still increasing in popularity, Mr Melling said the most sought after records are by The Stone Roses and Joy Division.

He said: “Rumours by Fleetwood Mac has been sold by the truck load and it still flies off the shelves.”

The record collectors’ fair returns to its usual location of the Corn Exchange on July 30.

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