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Guitar seller loses £12k of stock in Camden Lock fire

Musician says he is feeling philosophical about the fire

17 July, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

The damage inside Camden Guitars

A GUITAR seller was among the traders counting the cost of the market fire in Camden Town on Monday, estimating that he has lost at least £12,000 of stock for which he was not insured.

Deicola Neves, of Camden Guitars, heard on Monday morning that his store had been completely burned out. Mr Neves, who specialises in restoring second hand and vintage guitars as well as selling new instruments, has run the small shop in the market for eight years.

A trader who has supplied instruments to a series of well-known musicians, including Pete Doherty, he opened a second outlet in Chalk Farm Road four years ago where he was working at this week.

Deicola Neves

A musician from the small town in Minas Gerais in Brazil, he says despite the devastating loss, he has to remain philosophical. He said: “I love my music, I love my job, I love Camden. I did lose a lot and it was not insured – but I came from a poor background, I have been working since I was 11 years old and I feel my life now is so blessed that when I found out the shop had burnt down,”

He added: “I cannot truly get upset – it simply reminds me where I have come from. I have had so much support with people calling me, coming in and giving me a hug – I was more shocked by the reaction I have had than the fire itself. We will build the shop again, and we will be back.”

He added that Market Tech had yet to confirm where he could re-open and for the moment he would concentrate on his Chalk Farm Road store.

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