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David’s Music LETCHWORTH

David’s Music is a thriving Hertfordshire record shop that attracts repeat visits not only from record collectors but also bands. Christopher Barrett looks at what’s in store

The UK’s earliest garden city, Letchworthis home to the UK’s first roundabout, but more importantly for those interested in smaller and more rewarding circular objects, it’s also the home of one of the UK’s best-loved independent record stores.

Opened in 1963, David’s has expanded over the years and now consists of three linked shops, encompassing a bookshop, record store and cafe. Withits yellow signature branding on green background, David’s is a timeless presence on Letchworth’s Eastcheap.

“Some people will spend most of the day here, moving between the shops and cafe. David’s has become a hub for the community, there are lots of clubs and organisations that are run out of here because it is in the centre of town and lends itself well to a community spirit,” says the store’s assistant manager Ashlie Sky.

It is nearly 10 years since Ashlie joined David’s Music, straight from university. “It was supposed to be a short-term thing while I worked out what to do withmy life, but I had always wanted to work in a record shop and soon found myself getting swept along by the success of Record Store Day. Shortly after that, I was elected onto the Entertainment Retailers Association board and became more involved that way,” she says.

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