I enjoyed your article on Vincent Hale and his record collection as it reminded me of happy times in my youth when I started collecting records.
My collection of almost 1,000 vinyls contains mostly pop music from the 1960s onwards.
However, I do also have many of the 78rpm variety which consist of classical records that belonged to my grandfather and the early ones I bought in the early 60s of hart-topping artists like Elvis Presley, Jackie Wilson and Dickie Valentine.
I just cannot bear to part with my old record collection as I still prefer listening to records/CDs rather than watching the television.
It brought a smile to my face when I read that Mr Hale also had a wind-up gramophone dating from the 1930s.
I have an HMV wind-up gramophone from this period housed in an elegant cabinet on cabriole legs which is a family heirloom and has a picture of the HMV dog “Nipper” inside the lid.
It is still in full working order and in 2008 it stood on display in the City Hall ballroom when the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow team came to Sheffield to film their programme.
I have a tremendous sentimental attachment to “Grammy” as it was bought by my late parents and I will never part with it whilst I am alive.
It would be nice to think that one day it may end up in a museum as it represents an amazing piece of social history.