Sir Tom Finney mural is cut above for barber shop brothers

EYE-CATCHING: Barbers the Walmsley brothers, from left to right Danny, Sam and Josh
EYE-CATCHING: Barbers the Walmsley brothers, from left to right Danny, Sam and Josh
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A trio of barber brothers say they are “proud” to show off the latest addition to their business: a huge mural dedicated to Preston football legend Sir Tom Finney.

Sam Walmsley, 30, Josh Walmsley, 33 and Daniel Walmsley, 34, who run Michael Walmsley’s Barbers on Parklands Drive, Fulwood, Preston, said they wanted to pay homage to the historyand heritage of the city.

Sam explained: “We chose Tom Finney as he’s a local legend.

“Everybody loves him, no matter what club they support.

“A lot of our customers who come in are North End fans – it’s been a good conversation starter.

“One guy even walked past yesterday morning and gave us the thumbs up.

“We’ve just been sitting here admiring it since it went up –we can’t believe how great it looks.”

The business has seen thousands of folk through its doors over the years, including the Lilywhites legend himself, who passed away in February last year at the age of 91.

Sam said: “Tom Finney’s been in our shop before - our dad cut his hair about 15 years ago.

“We hope he’d be honoured if he saw the wall.”

The nylon-print image was designed and installed by Garstang resident Jason Gilliat, who has just started his own business, Brand New Wall.

Jason said: “This is the first time I’ve been asked to put up something like this but I’d love to get the chance to do more iconic Preston images.

“I think it was a brilliant idea – it’s the perfect talking point for a barber shop in Preston.”

The Walmsley’s family-run barbers is in its 23rd year. Sam said: “We all run it together, three brothers. Our dad used to have the shop so we just took it over.

“We’ve been here since 1992 as a family; we’re here for the duration now.

“We’ve each got little boys though so you never know - it could be passed on to a third generation.”