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In the pink to help restock charity shop
IT is officially the best small music venue in the country – and it is doing its bit to help a charity record shop.
The Joiners Arms, in St Mary’s Street, Southampton, has set up a large pink bin urging punters to donate their old records, CDs and DVDs.
It is a gesture to help out the Oxfam Music Southampton store, in East Street, which has launched a Daily Echo-backed appeal for unwanted music items to help boost its stock.
As reported, the shop suffered a huge blow after thousands of pounds worth of records – including rarities – were stolen in an overnight raid earlier this month.
The break-in forced staff into action by launching the appeal, which has already had a “phenomenal” response, according to store manager Rob Milner.
Ricky Bates, head of booking at The Joiners – a venue that was itself saved by a high-profile campaign – said the historic live music nightspot was happy to help a charity in need.
He said: “We have done stuff with Oxfam on and off over the years.
“They got broken into a while ago and now it’s happened again.
“Everyone that works there doesn’t get paid a lot and some do it on a voluntary basis.
“We were given a pink box for any CDs, DVDs and more. We don’t really have any independent record stores in Southampton.
“Considering someone broke into the place and robbed it is the lowest you can go.
“It makes sense. We were always going to help them at the end of the day.
“We want to see bands come here, and people buying records.
“It doesn’t deserve to happen to a place like that – it’s pretty disgusting.”
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