Most lottery jackpot winners, especially those who have hit the record books, quit their jobs and enjoy the freedom that winning a mega lotto jackpot can bring. While Adrian Bayford did exactly this for quite some time, he’s finally gone back to what really makes him happy. He’s beloved record shop.
When we first heard about Adrian Bayford and his then-wife, Gillian who scooped up one of the biggest EuroMillions jackpot wins of £148m, it wasn’t long before Adrian closed the doors to his record shop. The reason? Too many people wandering in asking for a handout.
Since closing the doors, Adrian went through quite a lot. He and his wife Gillian decided to go their separate ways, amicably. He bought a huge property and ventured into two rather public relationships, both of which have ended. Local residents believe that the business is a welcome distraction for Adrian as he has been so unlucky in love in recent years.
Earlier this month Adrian once again got dumped by his latest lover Lisa Kemp, 40, following an alleged bust-up while they were on holiday together in Wales.
The EuroMillions lottery winner began his second-hand music career by selling old CDs on a market stall more than 20 years ago, so it’s no surprise then that the big rock music fan has once again gone back to his first love – his music store.
A friend of Adrian said: 'He has not had the best of luck with his love life so hopefully the new shop will take his mind off things.
'Adrian has always been a wheeler-dealer and adores his music. Buying and selling vinyl is what he loves best. Having the shop open again is like going full circle for him. He just wants to do something with his money that he enjoys.'
The father-of-two, opened up his shop called the Suffolk Music Centre, selling music and memorabilia in Queen Street, Haverhill.
After he and Gillian won the EuroMillions, they took a short holiday after being presented with the astronomical cheque, but he went back behind the counter just two weeks later.
But he later decided to close down his shop after reportedly becoming fed up with abuse from people coming in and demanding money off him.
Adrian held a closing down sale in the run-up to Christmas 2012, charging customers £20 for up to 20 second-hand CDs or film DVDs. Shortly afterwards he and his former wife paid more than £6million for a Georgian mansion set in 100 acres of farmland in Haverhill.
After their divorce, Adrian continued investing heavily in property and setting up his own buy-to-let property empire. He also opened a film, music and memorabilia store called Black Barn Records in Cambridge in April 2016. This store stocks thousands of vinyl records, along with life-size figures of Hollywood legends and autographed posters and pictures.
Land Registry records reveal that Adrian's property company St Just Housing Ltd paid £315,000 in December 2016 for his old shop in Haverhill, along with a flat upstairs and premises next door occupied by an estate agent. The latest accounts for the company say it has assets worth nearly £10.2 million.
Although he has the Cambridge store, his first love is with Black Barn Records in Haverhill. The store sells everything from life-size cut-outs of Hollywood legends to signed Beatles memorabilia. The store is managed by two of his friends.
“It’s something I enjoy, it is something I enjoy being involved with, people like music and they like getting their hands on it,” said Adrian.
A local trader said: 'The shop has been up and running for a couple of weeks – but I hardly ever see any customers going in.
'It doesn't seem to be making much money and I am sure that it probably never will because selling vinyl is such a limited market.
'But Adrian is in the fortunate position where he can operate a business as a hobby and put something back into the town. It's nice that he wants to be involved. People think it is great. He was always happy running his shop in the first place.’
It’s always good to hear about lottery jackpot winners who eventually find their happy place, and we are sure that this won’t be the last time that we hear about Adrian fulfilling his dreams.
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