Haverhill: EuroMillions jackpot winner shuts up music shop
SUFFOLK lottery winner Adrian Bayford has closed his music shop.
It is believed he has stopped running his Suffolk Music Centre, in Queen Street, Haverhill, after being bombarded with requests for money.
The premises is empty apart from a note on the door promoting his former business partner’s business.
The 41-year-old, vowed to keep it running after he and his wife Gillian, 40, won the �148 million EuroMillions jackpot in August.
Just weeks after his huge win he went back to work behind the counter and was regularly seen with customers chatting on his large settee in the shop and advising people coming into the shop about purchasing instruments.
But now, friends have said he has decided to close up because he was fed up of being asked for cash.
The owner of a nearby business said: “Adrian was getting a lot of grief from people walking in and trying to get cash off him. There are idiots in every town and some of them got nasty when he turned them away. He just does not need that kind of abuse.”
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Mr Bayford held a closing down sale before Christmas where he charged �10 for customers to choose any 20 second-hand CDs or DVDs.
His shop closed permanently at the end of last month and has now been stripped of all its shelving and contents.
The shop, which father-of-two Mr Bayford ran with business partner Richard Hudspith, also used to sell guitars and other musical instruments.
A sign on the window states that Mr Hudspith now hopes to start a new business, selling and repairing instruments.
It says: “In the new year Richard Hudspith stringed instrument repairs will be moving to a new workshop.
“We will continue to offer a full range of services including set ups, re frets, re finishing and restorations.
“Also coming in the new year a new range of custom built and available from stock electric mandolins and ukuleles with guitars and basses from June 2013.”
Mr Bayford, a former postman, began selling second hand CDs on a market stall around 17-years-ago before opening his shop.
The couple scooped the second largest lottery jackpot in British history in August with a ticket Mr Bayford bought at his local newsagents.
The first evidence of the start of their spending spree was spotted in the shape of a modest Ford family car.
The Bayfords stunned Britain with the warm, laid back approach to super wealth and appeared to continue the modest trend by opting for a �17,000 4x4 Kuga.
The buy was a far cry from the dream car Mrs Bayford admitted to craving when she discovered the win - a �60,000 Audi Q7.
Millions of admirers were surprised to hear the Bayfords celebrated their fortune by having takeaway pizzas from Dominos. They shunned exclusive resorts and the tropics by jetting off for a caravaning holiday with Mrs Bayford’s parents in Scotland.
She worked in ward D2, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, for three years but said she intended to leave the job to spend more time with her family.
According to The Sunday Times Rich List, the Bayfords now have a fortune to rival Jamie and Jools Oliver (�150m), Sir Tom Jones (�140m) and Eric Clapton (�130m).
Their win shot them to 516th in the Sunday Times Rich List.
The couple have recently splashed out �6 million on a mansion and country estate in East Anglia.
They swapped their three-bedroom house for a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion set in more than 100 acres of woods and farmland.