People have the chance to remember record shop owner John Little at funeral next week

JOHN LITTLE OUTSIDE OF THE OTHER RECORD SHOP. PICTURE BY FRANK REID. IRN
JOHN LITTLE OUTSIDE OF THE OTHER RECORD SHOP. PICTURE BY FRANK REID. IRN
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The funeral details for the popular owner of Hartlepool’s last independent record store will be remembered at his funreal service next week.

John Little who ran The Other Record Shop, in Errol Street, for over 40 years died last week aged 65.

His funeral will take place on Tuesday, November 17, at Stranton Crematorium at 1.30pm.

The cortege will leave The Other Record Shop at 12.30pm and there will be a get-together afterwards at Yates’, in Victoria Road, which was the pick up point for John’s concert coaches, Other Tours, and his favourite pub.

John’s passing has seen an outpouring of messages on social network sites and even got a mention on Radcliffe & Maconie’s show on BBC 6 Music.

He opened the shop in 1975 and this summer celebrated 40 years in business on his birthday.

In the early 80s, he launched The Other Tours organising coach trips to gigs all over the country.

It is understood John fell ill and went to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton but did not recover.

Friends and local band members have fondly remembered John’s shop as “an oasis for every rock music fan in Hartlepool” and described his death as the end of an era.

Author Paul Brazill, who now lives in Poland, worked part-time in the shop in the early 80s after meeting John as a teenager, said previously: “John always supported and encouraged people to do what they want, take a chance and the like.

“John’s death is sad and the end of The Other Record shop is sad too. It’s the end of an era, for sure.”