The stars of Cecil B. Demented – a film about terrorist filmmakers who kidnap a Hollywood A-lister – stare down furiously from one of several striking posters on the walls.

Alex aims to stock VHS films which are “unusual”. The collection includes obscure titles from decades gone by, cult films like Gummo and Nirvana concert tapes.

The shop also has thick piles of surprisingly fresh-looking old music magazines. A black and white NME from 1976 bears the headline: “Fleetwood Mac – a group without profit in their own land.”

A fascinating insight into underground culture and pop history, Gastro Vinyl is a shining example of what independent shops bring to the high street. Many are facing uncertain futures in the wake of the pandemic, although UK sales of vinyl records last year were the highest since the early ’90s.

Asked if he is optimistic for his shop’s future, Alex says: “Honestly I don’t know. I think there are going to be some good times in the very near future, the next couple of months. Longer term, I haven’t really got a clue.

Police have found the body of a man in Bristol Harbour.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesman confirmed this evening (April 16) that divers from the force had located and recovered the body near Merchants Quay.

He added: “While the formal identification process has not yet been carried out, we have updated the family of missing 27-year-old Bristol man Connor Upton.

“They will be supported by specialist officers at this very difficult time.

“The man’s death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”

Connor, from Bishopsworth, had last been seen near Merchants Quay at 11pm on Wednesday, April 14.

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Police issued an appeal this morning in which they said they were concerned for Connor’s welfare.


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