A BARBER and champion boxer who has been cutting hair in Stafford for more than 60 years has closed his business, leaving behind many memories.
Derek Edensor, 81, of Shepherds Fold, began hairdressing in Stafford in 1949 after learning the trade from his father.
He opened his own barber shop in Vine Street and then in 1953 moved to Tipping Street opposite Superdrug. He has continued to run it since, although he retired from cutting hair 15 years ago.
But on Saturday he finally decided to shut up shop as his manager David Phillips wanted to retire. His sons Paul and John will continue their hairdressing business next door, called Headlines.
"I feel very sad," he said. "I have been doing the book work, accountancy and banking in recent years but I will miss having the business.
"I reached a point where David was retiring and I didn't want to carry on.
"Sixty years is a long time to have been in business in the town, but with the boys still carrying on it does mean there will still be some presence in the town.
"I have a lot of memories, but the life of a barber is long hours and no lunches. But we were very successful and the longest-serving barber shop in this town."
Born in North Walls, Mr Edensor went to the former King Edwards Grammar School in Newport Road and later became president of the Old Edwardians.
He was also a Great Britain boxing champion in 1947 and 1948, having never lost a match. He won in 1947 at Leeds Town Hall and in 1948 gained the title at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
He now has four children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He added: "I don't think my grandchildren have any plans to go into the hairdressing business at this stage.
"Things change and I have got a lot to be proud of. I will take my memories with me."