Monday 6 April 2015

Lament for a Video Shop: Select Video (1991- 1994)

Back in 2013 I wrote ‘Lament for a Video Shop’ where I reminisced about the glory days of video rentals and the demise of the 'Ye Olde Video Shoppe' referring to one in particular in our village in North Wales called Select Video that I frequented 20 years ago. Select Video was owned by Mr. James Hookings who after supplying video rentals via his video van for 2 years (delivering to the Llyn, Caernarfon, Bangor and Menai Bridge area) set up the shop in the Old Workshop in Well St Nefyn in 1991. I was regular customer and would visit James, Andrea Wall and Kohler the Chow Chow dog once a week to ‘select a video’ but as Sky TV increased in popularity in the early 90’s the video shop fell into decline and closed for good in 1994. The shop never reopened and so the outside remained practically untouched for the next 20 years as illustrated in my last post. But since then new owners have bought the premises and the sign no longer hangs outside… it now hangs in my studio! Oh yes! Having survived against the elements for 24 years the 8ft long sign now hangs in my hallway in all its nostalgic glory! James very kindly provided me with these photographs of the shop when it first opened in 1991 to remind us of those great days!

Select Video in Well St, Nefyn open for business in 1991

Inside Select Video!

24 years later, the Select Video sign hanging in my studio

My sincere thanks to James Hookings for the photos.
© Arfon Jones 2015. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.


  1. Hell's bells - you're as extreme in your nostalgia as I am. I thought I was the only one.

    1. Nope! (Great minds eh?) Id say you reassured me that its ok to collect this stuff and made me secure in my ways.



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