The last days of Save Records
Bury Indoor Market recently bade farewell to Lawless’s, an indoor market institution since the 1960s, and on 29 October another long-serving market trader pulled down the shutters for the last time. Save Records, since 1968 the purveyors of all things recorded, be it vinyl, cassette, CD and DVD, will, like a Betamax video, be no more.
Here at Bury Archives we believe that it’s really important to continue to capture and record what is happening in and around Bury right now, as one day in the future someone will be looking back on 2016 as “olden times” and maybe wondering, “…what were these places called shops?”
In 1968 the first Save outlets were opened by footballer Simon Jones, a goalkeeper (hence the name!) on Rochdale and Lincoln indoor markets. In 1974 Save Records opened in Bury’s indoor market, where it has remained up until the present day. Maxine began working there in 1978 and has seen numerous stalls around it come and go, like the changing fashions in music-lovers’ listening habits as records and tapes (and the 8-track cartridge, anyone?) gave way to CDs and MP3s.
‘Elvis’, the portrait by local artist and music-lover Eddie Kilner, was commissioned by Simon. A painter of landscapes, Eddie was apprehensive about painting a portrait. However, as we can see, his worries were unfounded and the portrait became an integral part of the stall’s identity. Despite several offers, Maxine is keeping him!
The stall built up a regular and loyal following, many of whom have been coming here over the past few weeks to reminisce and grab a bargain amongst the well-stocked racks of vintage vinyl, which are being continually topped up.
Maxine and I reminisced also, about other record shops of Bury that have come and gone: Javelin, Disc and Tape Exchange, Muse, Vibes (where I spent many a happy hour loitering on a Saturday afternoon back in the 1980s) and Our Price and not to mention the well-stocked record departments of our local Boots and NSS Newsagents. Of all of them, just HMV remains. Maxine’s own musical tastes vary “…from Celine Dion to Def Leppard” – which would be a perfect name for a record store!
By one of those happy coincidences, during our visit, a presentation of flowers, balloons and gifts was made to Maxine by other stallholders as a mark of their appreciation.
In recent years, Save’s other outposts have gradually disappeared, with just the Bury branch flying the flag since the closure of its Rochdale stall in 2005. Ironically Save’s closure comes at a time when good old vinyl is enjoying something of a comeback, with recent initiatives such as ‘Record Store Day’ attracting wide media coverage.
Cherish your local record shop!