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EMSWORTH

Tucked away in a small harbour-side town in Hampshire there resides a proper little record shop run by three music-obsessed mates. Gary Tipp takes a trip

It’s a commonly known fact that the fastest and most expedient way to judge a record shop is to take a quick shufti at the vinyl displayed on the walls as you enter. And no sooner than you’ve crossed the threshold of Harbour Records, a fleeting glance instantly reveals some seriously impressive wall albums, with Bill Fay’s 1971 masterpiece Time Of The Last Persecution sitting proudly next to the highly sought-after self-titled debut from obscure prog-rockers Spring (both of which are worth a small fortune).

A further inspection exposes a back wall that’s lovingly splattered with an ace collection of punk 45s, including a pristine copy of The Mekons’ utterly peerless Where Were You?. With the initial check done, it’s safe to proceed without caution.

The shop is located in Emsworth, a small picture-postcard harbourside town in Hampshire, not that far from Portsmouth.

As well as playing host to Harbour Records and legions of day-trippers, it is known predominantly as the birthplace of Rodney from Only Fools And Horses, Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward and some woman from Coronation Street who had an affair with Ken Barlow. It was also home to the recently departed Sir Albert Finney, who was often known to pop into the shop to top up his jazz and blues collection.

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