A familiar face is set to bid farewell to Ripley’s High Street after 49 years of cutting hair.
Nigel Birch, owner of Nigel Birch Gents Hairdressers is set to put down his scissors for the final time and enjoy retired life after nearly five decades of cutting hair in the town.
Nigel’s barbers shop will officially close in just over a weeks time on Saturday, September 6.
Having worked solely on his own for the last 49 years Nigel has found very little time to enjoy life’s luxuries and says he will have plenty to look forward to when he retires.
“I’m 68 and it’s time to call it a day now I think.
“Having worked on my own for so long I’ve not really had the opportunity to go on too many holidays, but I’ll no doubt pencil one or two in fairly soon.
“Aside from getting a couple of holiday’s I’ll certainly be able to keep myself busy once I’ve finished up with the shop.
“I’m pretty sure my wife will have a long list of things for me to do now that time permits.”
With Nigel’s business attracting long time customers from all around the Amber Valley region and even further afield thanks to his longevity in the Ripley area, he’s found himself with plenty of customers to thank for choosing to come to him for a trim over the years, he said: “I’d just like to thank every single one of my customers of the last 49 years.
“I’ve had customers from all over the area and they’ve all been so great, they’ve gone from being customers to friends.
“I’ve had a wonderful time and I’ve met some absolutely smashing people.
“I just really want people to know that I’m retiring and the shop is closing because I’d absolutely hate to think a customer made the effort to come for a haircut with me one day only to find out that I’m not there anymore!”