Family and friends mourn extrovert Nelson barber Godfrey Eyre

Godfrey Eyre, who ran his Nelson barber’s shop for more than 50 years

Godfrey Eyre, who ran his Nelson barber’s shop for more than 50 years

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TRIBUTES have been paid to a fun-loving and flamboyant Nelson hairdresser who has lost a short battle with cancer.

Godfrey Eyre ran his barber shop in Stanley Street for more than 50 years but died aged 67.

The oldest of six boys, Godfrey was born and raised in Nelson and after leaving Walverden Secondary Modern School in 1961, he began his apprenticeship at Harold Almond’s barber’s in Market Square.

By 1974, he had opened Godfrey’s Barber’s in Stanley Street and the business thrived. Godfrey’s cutting skills were the main draw, but customers returned because of the man himself.

Godfrey’s younger brother, Jonathan said: “He was a real character and so knowledgeable. When his customers went in, they got a history lesson and he’d entertain everybody.

“There have been flowers left outside of the shop and there’s been a real buzz on social media with everyone talking about him and sharing their funny stories about him.

“It’s amazing how many people’s lives he touched. Every man and his dog in Nelson had their hair cut by my brother and he must have been the longest-serving barber in the area. We’ve shut the shop up now and that little piece of history is gone.”

Godfrey married Catherine, and had two children, Julie and Oliver and two stepchildren James and Samantha. He enjoyed travelling and despite his diagnosis of cancer in March, still managed to travel to Sorrento and Belgium this year.

Recalling Godfrey’s exuberant dress sense – velvet suits, kaftans and plus fours – Julie said: “He led the way in fashion. He was a true extrovert. He also loved history and was part of the local amateur operatic society.”

The funeral will take place on Monday at St Paul’s Church, at 2.30pm.

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10:05pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Pendlesider says...

sorry to hear about Godfrey passing, he was a great bloke and I really enjoyed sitting in the chair having my hair cut and chatting about world affairs and local news. There aren't many characters left like him, and the world or more specific, Nelson, will have a little less shine, brylcream aside, without him.
sorry to hear about Godfrey passing, he was a great bloke and I really enjoyed sitting in the chair having my hair cut and chatting about world affairs and local news. There aren't many characters left like him, and the world or more specific, Nelson, will have a little less shine, brylcream aside, without him. Pendlesider
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3:30pm Sat 12 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

R.I.P Godfrey he will be missed for his entertaining knowledge and useless information,
R.I.P Godfrey he will be missed for his entertaining knowledge and useless information, ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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11:11pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Bloomersbrierfield says...

Godfrey Eyre was a superb person, but can anyone - going back to the 1970s -remember when he posed as a Fake Sheikh , having liberally daubed himself with theatrical make up.
Dressed in flowing robes and with a retinue of mates , he decided to try his luck impressing the staff at the Keirby Hotel, which at the time was rather posh.
It was around about the same time he was in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Prior to the Keirby escapade he and his mates took to the boating lake at Thompson Park, entertaining those enjoying a quiet afternoon's leisure.
Perhaps one or two of his old friends, who dined out on the tale of the Fake Sheikh at the Coffee Cabin in Pendle Street, Nelson, for weeks on end, might like to recall the story with greater accuracy.
I never got the full tale from Godfrey himself, even though he used to cut my son's hair when he was a little lad.
Godfrey Eyre was a superb person, but can anyone - going back to the 1970s -remember when he posed as a Fake Sheikh , having liberally daubed himself with theatrical make up. Dressed in flowing robes and with a retinue of mates , he decided to try his luck impressing the staff at the Keirby Hotel, which at the time was rather posh. It was around about the same time he was in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Prior to the Keirby escapade he and his mates took to the boating lake at Thompson Park, entertaining those enjoying a quiet afternoon's leisure. Perhaps one or two of his old friends, who dined out on the tale of the Fake Sheikh at the Coffee Cabin in Pendle Street, Nelson, for weeks on end, might like to recall the story with greater accuracy. I never got the full tale from Godfrey himself, even though he used to cut my son's hair when he was a little lad. Bloomersbrierfield
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