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Nick Mason

A combination of kindness and a fondness for his local drum shop, Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason, has stepped in to  provide the necessary funding to keep Foote's in London from going out of business.

"I was very disappointed when I heard that Foote's was going to close because it is one of my great memories of being a young, budding drummer was going to the original shop in Denman Street and buying my very first kit for £7.50," he told London Tonight.

Speaking about local drum shops in general, Nick added: "The thing about a drum shop… it's the place where information gets passed around. You hear about new things, if you need a drum lesson, the best place to go is probably a drum shop and ask them for advice. There's a drum culture that is centered on drum shops."

Mason goes on to say that he won't be involved with the day-to-day operation of the drum shop. "I think I will try not to be too hands on. I doubt I'll be much help really… I don't think I'm going to be behind the counter on a regular basis."

Founded in 1920, Foote's, London's most famous music store, has re-opened in a new location at 41 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London.