Spinning his way to a record day

Paul Dolman and customers Eleanor and Sue Healy
Paul Dolman and customers Eleanor and Sue Healy

A WIGAN record shop owner is preparing for the biggest day in the store’s history

Paul Dolman, owner of Static Records on Hallgate, is carrying the mantle for the town’s celebrated musical tapestry as he brings Record Store Day celebrations to Wigan on Saturday.

The store has been open for six months and is the last in town following the closure of HMV in the Grand Arcade.

Static Records trades in an eclectic variety of music which includes everything from Northern Soul to home-produced records from independent artists.

Mr Dolman said: “Now HMV has closed we are the only record shop in Wigan which is shocking for a town that has such a rich musical legacy like ours.

“There used to be a lot in the town nine or 10 years ago and now we are down to just one so this day is really important for us.”

“Our store caters for musical tastes ranging from Northern Soul to Reggae. We get punks coming in for records and we can also stock music from independent artists.”

This year marks the sixth celebration of the UK’s unique independent sector after Record Store Day was started in the US in 2007.

Independently-owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate music with special vinyl and CD releases, plus various promotional products made exclusively for the day.

Mr Dolman has registered to sell the exclusive products from Static Records but has said that customers will be restricted to one of the products each due to anticipated high demand.

“To me it is a matter of life and death and there will be no other time like this for business – not even Christmas,” Mr Dolman added.

Another exiting feature of Record Store Day at Static is the appearance of live bands which will include a set from Wigan band, Victorian Dad, whose debut album, ‘The Thin Thread’ is available from the store.

Static Records also welcomes other bands to enquire about the store stocking their music.

Mr Dolman continued: “The store is a very vibrant place with lots of identity – it’s got good weight.

“We stock vintage vinyl and collectors’ pieces of musical interest but people can come in and if they want something we can sort it for them.

“I usually open at 10.30am in the morning but I’ll be opening early on Record Store Day because the day is so special and people will already be queueing.”