Long-serving Leamington barber to switch on the Christmas lights - The Leamington Observer

Long-serving Leamington barber to switch on the Christmas lights

Leamington Editorial 3rd Nov, 2022   0

A BARBER from Leamington – who has been cutting hair in the town for 65 years – will be helping switch on the Christmas Lights.

Tony Eden – who runs Anthony Eden Barbers in Clarendon Street – has been invited to press the all important button at the switch-on ceremony on Sunday (November 6).

Tony will join the Mayor of Leamington Coun Nick Wilkins and local boxing hero Lewis Williams, who won Gold in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games earlier this year, at the event at 5.30pm.

Stephanie Kerr, the Executive Director of BID Leamington, popped into the salon with Kate Livingston, the Performance Manager of the switch-on event, to let him know the surprise news after receiving a tip off from his business partner Daren Papworth that Tony is turning 80 in November.

Stephanie said: “Tony is a well-known and well-loved character in the town and when we found it was his special birthday just a few days after the switch-on, we thought it would be a lovely surprise to invite him to be part of the ceremony.

“The switch-on is always a fantastic, family event and it is great to be able to involve a real family business from the town.”

Tony, who is married to Anne and has four children – Joanna, Paul, Karen and Christian – started cutting hair when he left school at 15 and within a few years was running his own barbers.

Daren said: “Tony is a really popular guy. Everyone knows him and I am sure he could go out in the evening in Leamington without a penny on him because everyone wants to buy him a drink. It’s getting on for 65 years working as a barber so he will have cut thousands of heads of hair.

“I think it is fitting that he will have the honour of switching on the lights this Christmas because he loves the town and, it’s fair to say, the town loves him.”

Tony said: “I am honoured to be invited to turn the Christmas Lights on this year and was very surprised and humbled. I will be celebrating my 80th birthday this month, so this is a really wonderful way to mark the occasion.”


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