A DAD-of-two is aiming to bring back 'old school barbering' after returning home to Burnley to open his new shop.

Boxing fan Simon Perry, who has more than 25 years' experience in the trade, is hoping his barbershop UpperCut UK can pack a punch in a competitive market.

The 42-year-old said: "I'm trying to bring back the personal touch of barbering. I love my job and I want to keep barbering alive.

"I think we have a lot of people under cutting each other. I think it's difficult at present. Unless you pay the money you will not get a good quality cut.

"It's five minutes in and out. You do not have a chat if you do not get a feel for people.

"I get everyone chatting and it should be a platform for everyone to talk.

"You have to make people feel comfortable and it should be a pleasant experience – not sitting there fearing for your ears."

Mr Perry took over the premises, in Briercliffe Road, from another barber a month ago and now plans on giving the shop a revamp.

He trained as an apprentice barber at the age of 15 and has worked as a barber across the UK, before returning to his hometown.

He added: "I love the job and when I see customers looking at their hair through the window, that’s a good day for me. I’m trying to freshen it up a bit and bring in a younger crowd.”

The shop is open from 9am to 6pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am to 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 7.30am to 2pm on Saturdays.