AN award-winning record shop in Barrow has garnered great success since the pandemic and turned the lockdown into an advantage.

TNT Records, located on Duke Street, was named as the UK's 'Record Shop of the Year 2019'.

This incredible achievement came just after one year of trading.

Owned and founded by Dave Turner, the store has seen great success in the community and is looking forward to hosting several upcoming music events.

Dave said: "It was December 22, 2019, when we first opened.

"Lockdown was hard as we weren't able to see people and that's what they like with a record shop. People want to come in and see what we've got.

"But we did really well online during the lockdown, and we got our website up sharpish. It really accelerated us going forward with that manner of business.

"When it got up it went crazy and we have been shipping all over the world since then.

"We have a click and collect option and it was good for people to see a little bit of what we had in the shop. Online is good but we do prefer in person as people can come in and see what we're all about. It's all gone really well.

"It made us stronger because the lockdown had us put on the accelerator with our business structure and we got a real presence online.

"We're living the dream.

"There will be events we're putting on in the future. We have band rehearsals and lessons for kids. We are like a music hub more than just a store. It is very humbling when we find out that people will travel for a long way just to come up and see us.

"There are going to be some events in the next few months. Our next one will be in August where we have Arctic Monkeys tribute band performing here."