James Bay donates unique merchandise to help Sunderland’s Pop Recs

James Bay wearing the T-shirt that's up for auction
James Bay wearing the T-shirt that's up for auction
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James Bay fans can get their hands on a unique piece of memorabilia as part of a drive to relaunch a Sunderland culture hub.

As part of his ongoing support for Pop Recs Ltd, James, who shot to fame with track Hold Back the River, has donated a host of items to raise funds to run the new store in Stockton Road.

The lot, which will be put up for auction on eBay, includes the T-shirt he wore in his Scars music video, as well as a hand-written certificate of authentification.

It’s the first in a series of lots from bands and artists who support the record shop, gig space and gallery, which moved to its new base after the original site in Fawcett Street was sold to developers.

The auction money will be added to the £14,200 which was raised through a KickStarter crowd-funding campaign, after the public rallied round to support the community venture.

Dave Harper from Pop Recs said: “Items like this are extremely rare, given the rising profile of James it’s the kind of thing you’d see in Hard Rock Cafe.

“It’s something no one else could ever own.

“We’ll be announcing new items from different artists associated with the store each week which people can bid on.”

The new Pop Recs, which hosted the likes of The Vaccines, The Charlatans and Franz Ferdinand in its former base, is due to open soon.

Dave and Michael McKnight, from Pop Recs founders Frankie & the Heartstrings, are in talks with a big-name act to perform on opening night.

•Bid for James Bay’s T-shirt at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151856358117