Play Alan’s records again

Alan's Records, in Wigan
Alan's Records, in Wigan

AN article in a national newspaper about a Wigan record store has sparked a mass interest for a musical revival.

Guardian music reporter Laura Barton reminisced about Alan’s Records, which faced the new market building in, Wigan to mark Record Store Day.

Since the article, owner Alan Woods has had an influx of calls asking whether he will reopen the record part of his store, which is currently just dedicated to BMX bikes and skateboards.

The store began as a BMX shop in 1981 in Hindley, but as the music scene took off, Alan decided to combine the love of ska and punk music with skater and BMX bikers and it became an independent record store upstairs.

From 1988 to 1992 the store moved to Hallgate (as pictured right) and bands played there, including Greenday.

Music moguls Stuart Maconie and Richard Ashcroft were regulars there.

The store moved to Mesnes Street in 1992, and stopped selling records around 2004/5 as vinyls were no longer popular.

Now a BMX store in Wallgate, known as Alan’s, it is still going strong and he is busy planning on opening the record site in the Mesnes Street location for a short period. Dates are yet to be confirmed.

He said: “We did touch a lot of people’s lives. We were not just a run of the mill store.

“We introduced different music to people and we captured people’s imaginations.”

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