A NEWLY opened record shop owned by a power pair passionate about music: Rocket Records is our trader of the week.

Bournemouth-based Rocket Records is home to an impressive collection of vinyl, posters and CDs, as well as music related DVDs, books and memorabilia.

The store was opened last September by Spud and Nikki Dibley and has quickly become a ‘must visit’ for music fans.

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Nikki said: “We have a great variety here. 

"We probably have the biggest sections of Punk and Metal genres."

Spud added: “We do just about every genre of music.

“We’ve had people from all over come to see us.”

Bournemouth Echo:

The pair have always been passionate about music, with both being regular festival goers and Spud having collected Vinyl for 40 years.

Nikki said: “We met at reading festival in 1988. So, music is a big part of our lives.

“Spud loves music. He has been trading in records for about 40 years. When he was younger, he had a little music store in a shop and a store in a market.

“It was always just a hobby. We both had other full-time jobs at the time. Spud worked for the Salvation Army, and I worked for the NHS for 30 or so years.”

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Spud and Nikki never planned to open a music store; they retired in 2020 with plans to travel the world but were halted by the arrival of Covid-19.

Nikki said: “We didn’t plan to open a shop. When we couldn’t go travelling, we were just going to go and get jobs again.

“One day we went out for a pint of milk one day and saw this shop was for rent.

“We rang the landlord who showed us round that afternoon, and we decided to take it.

“We went out for milk and came back with a shop lease.”

Bournemouth Echo:

The pair then had two weeks to turn the empty unit into a vibrant hub for music lovers, before its opening in September 2021.

Rocket Records hopes to start trading online in the future, but for now you can find them at 884 Wimborne Road, Moordown, Bournemouth, BH9 2DR.