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"Crossing the road to West Street, the town’s main shopping street, we find ourselves immediately in Tansley & Cooke. This was another dual purpose store. Electrical goods downstairs. Upstairs to the record department with racks of albums, singles by the counter and listening booths. We must have gone through a timeshift to 1973 because the walls are festooned with the sleeves and posters for the Beatles 1962 – 66 and 1967 – 70 (Red & Blue) compilations and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon." - from Just for the Record, a blogpost by Alan Standing on What is it now?


Name: Chris Comber
Comment: I was records manager from 1965 until 1972. We were very successful. I had previously been in the RMB.

Name: Rob Wood
Comment: Chris, for many of us of a certain age, Tansley & Cooke and yourself will remain remembered as will what we bought there even on the day of release - the days of Pet Sounds, Sgt Pepper, Disraeli Gears, and many more.

Name: Jen Steele
Comment: I worked at Tansley & Cooke record department in the early 1970s. They changed their name to Colourvision Rentals when Colour TVs became available and we sold every one we could get. I remember we were more or less opposite Sainsbury's and the pedestrian crossing but I think both have moved. They extended the shop after buying the shop next door. The shop was then so large it was too big for the stock so the firm sold it and moved to Sussex Road. I think I left around that time so I am not sure where it moved to.

Dave Harwood
23 Oct 2023 at 03:56
I found this advert in the ‘Bognor Regis Observer’ dated 18th December 1958: “VISIT THE RECORD BROWSERIES AT BOGNOR & CHICHESTER. SELF-SERVICE RECORD CENTRES, TANSLEY & COOKE, 3-4 ODEON BUILDINGS, BOGNOR REGIS. Tel. 3221/3.”

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