Clarkes of Wisbech and Spalding

“Does anyone remember Clarke’s Music Services? This picture of one of their carrier bags from the 1960s might just jog your memory.”  Well if it did, or anyone saw the posting, nobody could be bothered to write in to the Spalding Today website and say so.  Clarke’s operated two music shops, one  in Spalding the other in nearby Wisbech, two market towns inland of the Wash. They sold sheet music, instruments, record players and other associated goods.
The Spalding branch – “your record rendezvous” – was next door to the gunsmith’s (still there) on Broad Street but the Wisbech shop remains unlocated.
This Clarkes bag (the same design the newspaper showed) – which might just have held a vinyl album but more likely was for ten inch discs –  doubled up for both shops and turned up on one of my flea market rambles recently, and has a very early Sixties look about it. Let me know if the name rings any bells.
One forum writer suggests there was a second record shop in Spalding, The Milroy Music Box in Hall Place.

Clarkes-Records-Wisbech and Spalding

Clarkes-Records-Wisbech and Spalding

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