A NEW specialist vinyl record store has opened at an award-winning mill complex.

Managed by Choque Hosein, Colin Richardson, Jamie Styan and John-Paul Craven, Record Plant opened its doors at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley on National Album Day.

Choque was a member of the Leeds band Black Star Liner, whose album Bengali Bantam Youth Experience was shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 1999, alongside Blur, the Chemical Brothers, the Stereophonics and the Manic Street Preachers.

Choque said: “While we had an amazing time at the Mercury Prize awards ceremony, rubbing shoulders with icons like Damon Albarn and the Manics, I think I am more excited by our new shop. This is a dream come true for me.

“Vinyl is a massive, massive part of my life and the Record Plant is a celebration of this. We don’t just have a wonderful array of brand-new and second-hand records, we also provide a first-class vinyl cleaning and de-warping service.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: At the opening of Record Plant, a new specialist vinyl record store at Sunny Bank Mills in FarsleyAt the opening of Record Plant, a new specialist vinyl record store at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley (Image: Sunny Bank Mills)

The Record Plant is based in studio space within The Old Engine Room part of the mill complex.

It has exposed beams and old-fashioned brickwork and is next door to the 500-capacity Old Woollen venue, which boasts an eclectic mix of music, comedy, theatre and the spoken word.

The old mill building has been sympathetically restored to become an entertainment venue.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sunny Bank Mills in FarsleySunny Bank Mills in Farsley (Image: Sunny Bank Mills)

Choque, who has previously worked at iconic Leeds record stores Jumbo and Crash, added: “Being next door to The Old Woollen couldn’t be more appropriate. It is an incredibly flexible and dynamic space that has already hosted famous names like John Lydon’s Public Image Limited, Shaun Ryder, Mark Radcliffe, Gary Delaney, The Great British Sewing Bee’s Esme Young and legendary TV historian Lucy Worsley.”

He added: “I am tremendously grateful to William and John Gaunt, the owners of Sunny Bank Mills for providing such a special home for our vinyl shop.”

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William Gaunt added: “I have been an avid record collector, gig-goer and follower of the Leeds music scene for years.

"I first met Choque whilst he was behind the record counter of Crash records, when they opened opposite Leeds University in the mid-1980s. So it feels like coming full circle with the arrival of Record Plant at Sunny Bank Mills.

“The treasured vinyl records and discs we bought as teenagers and students 40 years ago are now highly sought-after classics. Choque and his team’s knowledge are second to none.”