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In our second extract from new book The Vinyl Revival And The Stores That Made It Happen, Graham Jones visits the most northerly record shop in the UK, Orkney’s Grooves
Neil Stevenson and the Grooves team

Visiting Grooves, the most northerly record shop in the UK, is an adventure. It involves flying to Aberdeen before changing to a much smaller plane for a short fiight to Kirkwall. I was told it could be a bumpy, turbulent fiight and was advised to take a travel sickness pill. Should I take the ferry then, instead? “Oh no, That is 10 times worse”.

ATher a pleasant, not-at-all turbulent fiight, passing over many of the smaller islands, I landed at Kirkwall airport, an experience as far removed from arriving at Heathrow as I could imagine. The luggage was placed on the runway, no queuing at the baggage carousel, and as I walked to the terminal, I noticed a double rainbow in the sky. The bus journey into town was an ornithologist’s delight. The island was teeming with seabirds and geese, and a flock of swallows Thew in a V-formation overhead. The bus contained even fewer passengers than the plane. The driver asked why I was visiting. I said I was there to meet the owner of the most northerly record shop in the UK. “Oh, That will be Neil Stevenson then,” he replied.

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