VIDEO: I’m all shut up, says Buxton barber ‘Elvis’

DAVID ‘Elvis’ Fawkes has left the building!

The 70-year-old Buxton barber this week retired after nearly half a century of cutting hair at the Waldorf traditional barber shop.

Retiring after a lifetime as a barber and Elvis enthusiast David Fawkes

Retiring after a lifetime as a barber and Elvis enthusiast David Fawkes

David is famous as a former Elvis convention singer - and memorabilia to the late King of rock ‘n’ roll adorned the walls of his Market Street barbers.

A hairdresser for some 55 years, David has spent 45 of those at the Waldorf - taking over the business in the late 1960s.

“I’m really going to miss it, especially the camaraderie and the chatting to customers,” he said.

“I’d like to thank all my customers for their patronage over the years, but sadly David has now left the building!”

David, who lives in Fairfield with his wife Sue, is a massive Elvis fan and has dedicated much of his life to music - at one stage he was given an opportunity to turn professional.

As frontman of the Elvis Presley Fan Club’s official convention band, Compendium, in the 1970s, he performed at countless venues across the UK and Europe.

During one convention in 1979, the Elvis Presley Fan Club magazine ‘Taking Care of Elvis’ wrote: “Compendium entertained to their usual high standard and lead singer David Fawkes again proved that he could hit off those really difficult Elvis Presley greats.”

As a tribute to the musical legend, David decorated his barber shop with Elvis memorabilia, some of which he says he may now consider putting up for auction.