Chart-toppers draw in the crowds

By Tim Clarke 24/04 Updated: 24/04 17:22

Buy photos » The Wonder Stuff's Miles Hunt belts out another hit in Rise. Pictures by Neville Collins. 17.012.015wos.nc6

A STORE in Worcester was top of the pops on Saturday as music lovers turned up in their droves to enjoy a special performance from a Nineties chart-topping band.

A huge crowd of people packed out Rise Records in CrownGate Shopping Centre where Miles Hunt from The Wonder Stuff delighted fans with a 30 minute live set.

His performance headlined a day of music organised to celebrate international Record Store Day. The annual event aims to encourage people to come and show their support for independent record stores, which have been in steady decline in recent years.

Mr Hunt - whose band had a number one hit in 1991 with Dizzy in collaboration with comedian Vic Reeves - performed some of The Wonder Stuff's greatest hits as well as their new single, which is a cover of The Move's Blackberry Way.

Just down from the store outside Huntingdon Hall a host of local bands kept shoppers entertained, including Poetry in Numbers, Our Mutual Friend, The May Dolls, The OneTwos and Lewis Spelt Backwards.

Rise sales assistant Emily Johnson, who helped serve up freshly baked cupcakes to shoppers, said: "The store was absolutely packed and for the first two hours there was a constant queue. When Miles Hunt started performing you couldn't get any where near the shop let alone in it. People were were singing along and there were kids on people's shoulders - it was great.

"Record stores are closing down at an alarming rate so this is all part of our efforts to try and save them and get people interested again. It's getting bigger and better every year."

Buy photos» Music lovers packed out the shop to listen to the live in-store performance. 17.012.015wos.nc6

Buy photos» The May Dolls dodge the showers to perform to shoppers outside Huntingdon Hall. 17.012.015wos.nc2

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