DAVID LASHMAR

IT HAS BEEN RUMOURED THAT HIS BLOOD HAS BEEN DRAINED AND REPLACED WITH LIQUID VINYL, HIS LEGS ARE 12 DIAMETER AT THE THIGH TAPERING TO A SHAPELY 7 AT THE CALF AND HIS HEART CAN BEAT AT EITHER 45 OR A PRECISE 3313 RPM. DAVID HAS BECOME A LIVING RECORD.

A spell in pop bands during the 1960s (including the mysterious Dead Sea Fruit (www.deadseafruit.com) kindled his interest in the record business and he immersed himself in the strange, but rewarding, world of RARE RECORD DEALING.

The South London town of Croydon was woken up to his passion for music when he opened his first shop in an old billiard hall in Bell Hill in 1976 later moving to Surrey Street Market then, finally, to the huge and massively successful three storey vinyl empire in Middle Street, the world famous BEANOS! This long standing retail emporium has unfortunately now closed but David is far from inactive!

Not only is he regularly featured in National and Regional Newspapers but he can often be heard on the BBC and Commercial Radio as a valuer and raconteur. He has been seen on TV, including The Antiques Roadshow and, more recently, in a BBC 1 series "Turn Back Time - The High Street" where he was transported back to run a 1970s record shop!

He writes about records (quite neatly, we believe), talks the hind legs off a donkey about them and exudes a passion for an all-but-lost art form. Plus, he is an all round good egg and actually, quite well behaved in public.

Email him if you want: david.lashmar@gmail.com