August 17th, 2011
Peter Crouch: Trimmed For Tottenham
Yeah, if you could just run a few highlights through it, that would be perfect. Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images/Daylife.
For several people in the area, the recent riots in London and beyond were significantly more than a news item. Many Londoners lost homes, businesses and livelihoods during the social unrest, and thousands of residents who don’t feel the need to express themselves by breaking windows in chicken shops and stealing shoes have organised groups and fundraisers to help with the rebuild.
We suspect this isn’t the last time Crouchy’s going to hear about this signed photo. Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images/Daylife.
Which is why you’re looking at a photo of Peter Crouch getting a haircut. The gentleman trimming the Spurs and England striker’s locks is 89-year-old Aaron Biber, who had been running his barbers shop on Tottenham High Road for forty years before it was destroyed by rioters. Mr Biber wasn’t insured, had no money to repair his premises, and looked to be going out of business until the media began reporting his story.
Between them, various individuals and organisations managed to raise £35,000 to help Mr Biber, who has now been able to re-open. One of his first clients was Mr Abbey Clancy, who popped in for a short back and sides after learning that Mr Biber was a huge fan. Apparently a signed photo of Crouchy was one of the few items not nicked, but we’re assuming he took all of the gags that provoked in good faith. Bless ‘em both.
Oh, and to the dudes and dudettes who stole an 89-year-old man’s hairdryers and kettle? You are heroes, all.