Bill Broadmore, owner of Scarborough shop Dyscworld Music, has died aged 61

The owner of well-known Scarborough record store Dyscworld Music on St Thomas Street has died.

By Corinne Macdonald
Monday, 20th April 2020, 3:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 2:36 pm
Bill Broadmore in his shop Dyscworld Music on St Thomas Street.
Bill Broadmore in his shop Dyscworld Music on St Thomas Street.

William Broadmore, known as Bill, died suddenly on Monday April 6 at Scarborough Hospital at the age of 61.

Bill was born in Birmingham to the late Sylvia and Brian on January 25 1959 and leaves behind one brother, Christopher.

His parents had first visited Scarborough for their honeymoon and the family visited the town almost every year for a holiday before moving permanently in 1982.

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Bill Broadmore.

Bill became good friends with a couple Pete and Jill Smith who ran bookshops in Scarborough.

He helped out in the shops and sold some of his own vinyl record collection in them before Pete and Jill opened Books and Records on St Thomas Street.

This went on to become Dyscworld Music when Bill purchased the shop and quickly grew a stock of music to suit all tastes, attracting both locals and holiday makers.

Speaking to The Scarborough Evening News in 2009, Bill said: “For me it’s just fantastic to be running a business that is also your hobby.

“Lots of people do jobs that they don’t enjoy so I’m extremely lucky.

“For me it’s all about being a music fan and sharing my love of music with other people.”

Alongside music Bill also had a keen interest in beer and he became a member of the Society of Preservation of Beers from the Woods (SPBW) and the local CAMRA group.

His extensive music and general knowledge saw him become a regular quiz master in the town and he hosted pub quizzes at many pubs.

Christopher Broadmore said: “William had a large number of friends in Scarborough and he will be sadly missed by all that knew him.”

Paul Toole, who owns Scarborough music shop Record Revivals with his wife Gill Brown, said: “Bill was one of the first people I got to know when I arrived in Scarborough in the early 80s.

“We’ve been friends every since and he was a regular at the Stage Door and Talbot Inn, venues I ran between 1985 and 1998.

“Although I took over Record Revivals in 2017, previous owner Rod Emms and I have always seen Bill in terms of being a mate rather than a competitor.

“In some ways he was the archetypal record shop owner: knowledgeable, astute, funny and - it has to be said - a little eccentric at times.

“Bill was one of Scarborough’s true characters and he’ll be much missed by an awful lot of people.”

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