MUSIC lovers and bargain hunters returned to a popular annual record fair in the hope of finding a rare gem.

The Colchester Record Fair is held at Firstsite and plenty of music fans turned out to rummage through the collections.

It was a treat for both enthusiasts and casual collectors who were able to look through vinyls and CDs from a vast range of genres.

The event attracts hundreds of visitors every year and is becoming increasingly popular.

Music lovers could also explore the gallery’s exhibition Lilah Fowler: Code Clay, Data Dirt.

They could hear an experimental music collective soundtrack that interprets colour and architectural space as sound.

Andy Warren who helped advertise the event said: “The fair is always popular but getting more so. Many new people seem to attend every time and I’m sure it attracts people to the venue.

“We were graced on both days by professional musician Twink, or John Alder, formerly of the Pretty Things and the Pink Fairies, among others who was born in the town.

“He had a stall selling his latest releases.

“We will be back again at Firstsite on September 14.”

The event was organised by Dave Chalkney.