Where’s Jim’s chair?

Jim Hampshire has been left with just a stool following the theft of his chair

For almost four decades Jim Hampshire has sold vinyl from his shop Canterbury Rock at the corner of Forty Acres Road and Whitstable Road.

And for much of that time he has watched – and waved at – the world as it has gone by perched atop his favourite chair outside the front door.

But earlier this month the four-legged wooden kitchen chair was nicked in broad daylight.

“There was nothing special about the chair, but it was special to me,” Jim, 69, told the Canterbury Journal today.

“People have described it as iconic, as synonymous with the shop. I even had customers coming in saying that they thought we were shut because it wasn’t there.

“It does mean a lot to me. It’s part of the place and I really would like it back.”

A box of records which had sat on the chair were stolen several years earlier. Jim has now placed a stool where the chair used to sit.

He had earlier run a record shop in Harbour Street, Whitstable, before opening Canterbury Rock in 1979.

It specialises in rock, reggae, new wave and punk records as well as stocking musical equipment.

The shop is regarded as a Canterbury institution and Jim something of a local legend. His customers have included Guy Berryman, the bassist in Coldplay, who went to school at Kent College.

Jim said: “Yes, it’s amazing that I will have been here 40 years come next year.

“If you would have said that when I first started, then I wouldn’t have believed you.

“But I’ve just been getting on with running the shop. You honestly feel like you don’t where the days go.

“I think we’ll probably have a big party with lots of music to mark the anniversary.”

The shop can be contacted on 01227 458393.


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