A floating record shop will be open for crate diggers on the Oxford Canal in Jericho this weekend.

Luke Guilford, who runs The Record Deck, will be mooring his narrowboat between St Barnabas Church and the rail station.

He has already been selling records outside The Punter pub on Osney Island and after this weekend he will gradually head north to the Cropredy Festival, near Banbury, which runs from August 10-12.

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Mr Guilford keeps his followers on Facebook and Twitter informed about where he will be heading to next.

He said: "The weather has been mixed lately - I'm hoping there will be some sunshine at the weekend.

"People who are into vinyl come and seek me out - sometimes they come along and sell me their records.

"Cropredy is always good for me because there are lots of music fans all in one place."

The record dealer who lives on the boat tries to come to Oxford at least once a year.

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He carries hundreds of albums and a selection of 45s on the 60ft narrowboat, together with CDs and books.

Mr Guilford's love of vinyl started when he was a teenager - he enjoyed going to record fairs in Leicester to spend his paper round money.

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Old habits die hard, and while in Oxford he has been visiting Riverman Records in Walton Street and Truck Store in Cowley Road.

Buying vinyl has become increasingly popular in recent years, but the price of new records has rocketed.

There are still plenty to bargains to be found in the second-hand market though, including on The Record Deck, and at Riverman Records.

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