Ashton cobbler to the rich and famous calls it a day


Cobbler,Hugh Greenly, who has been keeping the rich and famous well-heeled, has decided to retire aged 82.

The news will come as a disappointment to his customers who send their shoes for repairs from all over the world and over the years  including  Coronation stars stars and LS Lowry.

Hugh was taught the trade by his dad as a youngster in north Wales and joined the family business full-time when he left school, aged 16.

He later moved to Tameside, borrowing just £600 to set up his own shop on Oldham Road, Ashton, before moving to a lock-up on Church Street.

He said: “When I was young my dad dragged me into the business kicking and screaming. I thought it was terrible but then I learned to love it.”

Over the years, dad-of-two Hugh, who is now a great-grandad, has handled hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of shoes.

He did repairs for Edwards of Manchester where Mottram artist Lowry was among the customers and son Matthew also helped him to set up a website, bringing in orders from as far afield as Canada and Singapore.

Hugh, who lives in Ashton, has just one last job – to clear out all the forgotten footwear.

He added: “There’s a pair of cowboy boots from a merchant seaman. I wasn’t expecting him for six months or so but it’s been nearly 60 years.”

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