On Friday 29 September the CRL team were involved in U+I’s event to celebrate the completion of the Record Store at The Old Vinyl Factory (home of CRL). As part of the event, and as a wider celebration of the site’s heritage, a 5.5m statue of Nipper the dog – the icon of the HMV record label whose headquarters were once on the site – was unveiled by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Carol Melvin. A funfair, stalls from local businesses and musical entertainment (including CRL’s KEDA Music, see below) helped make the event a true celebration of the area, both past and present.
Photo above courtesy of Ammy Phull
On our stand at the event we were joined by a number of members of our community, including Joto, Odd Ball and IDK.UNO (who are currently working on making electric bikes cheaper than a bus pass!). We loved the engagement we were able to have with some of the local community and look forward to doing more community-orientated events in the near future.
The statue really is a sight to behold and we’re so excited to see U+I continue to breath life into the site, in innovative and unique ways. Look out for the statue the next time you come to visit CRL!
See U+I’s video of Nipper’s journey to Hayes here.
CRL is a subsidiary of U+I.