Sheffield shop is a ‘global treasure’ - says Jarvis Cocker

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Sheffield superstar Jarvis Cocker has hailed one of the shops facing demolition as a ‘global treasure.’

The musician issued an online plea as hundreds of protesters gathered outside Sheffield Town Hall to voice their concerns.

His post on Twitter praised secondhand book shop Rare and Racy, which has been has located on Devonshire Street since 1969.

Jarvis, frontman with Sheffield band Pulp, said: “They say if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London then the whole place will collapse. I kind of feel if Rare and Racy leave Devonshire Green then a special part of Sheffield will collapse.

“I’ve travelled all over the world and I’ve never encountered a place like it – and I’ve been in a lot of record shops.

“Nowhere have I heard music like they play in Rare and Racy. Never mind it being a local treasure: it’s a global treasure.

“I was entranced by the place when I first visited it on a shopping trip with my mum when I was a kid and I’m absolutely amazed they’ve managed to keep the spirit of the place alive throughout all the intervening years.

“It would be a crime to destroy that.

“Rare and Racy is one of the places I always tell people to visit in Sheffield.

“That’s why it was important to feature it in our recent film Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets.

“It’s magic. Please don’t let this happen.”

Other well-known faces supporting the campaign included Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders and the cast of This Is England.

An online petition calling for the shops to ve saved collected more than 18,000 signatures – the largest Sheffield Council has ever recorded.