Final haircut for long established barber Ed

Clitheroe hairdresser Edward Worswick hangs up his clippers. (s)
Clitheroe hairdresser Edward Worswick hangs up his clippers. (s)

A barber from Clitheroe who has been cutting men’s hair for the past 58 years will use his scissors for the last time this weekend.

Edward Worswick, who has Ed’s Barbers on King Street, started his career at Dean’s Hairdressers in Market Place, Clitheroe, in 1956.

After completing a six year apprenticeship, at the age of 21 he moved to King Street and opened his own business where he remained for 41 years.

During the years Edward has seen many changes in hairdressing. Back in 1962, a cut cost three and sixpence which equates to 15 and a half pence in today’s money. In his heyday, Edward used to perform around 150 cuts.

“When I started out, the fashion was Tony Curtis and crew cuts, then long hair came into fashion,” Edward recalled, “and people could go without a hair cut for 12 months!”

Long hair became so popular, in fact, that it forced the closure of two hairdressers in Clitheroe in the Seventies.

“Now the fashion has gone full circle and now anything goes!” Edward added. “I look at some of my old photos from the Sixties and the same haircuts are now in fashion again.”

Edward, who is in early Seventies, has always worked alone although his daughter Karen at one stage did look into becoming a hairdresser herself before changing her mind. Father and daughter even appeared on TV about 28 years ago in a show about barbers called “This England”. The grandfather-of-five, who also has a son Paul with his wife Pat and will shut up shop on Saturday, plans to get a greenhouse in retirement to concentrate more on his hobby of growing cacti and succulents. Edward, who is well known for his jokes, said that he would like to thank all his customers past and present.