COBBLER Brian Curry has been keeping Bury residents on their feet for half a century, having started working at the family business when he was just 15 years old.
Brian, 65, joined family owned Curry’s Shoe Repairs, on Cannon Street, in Bury St Edmunds, straight after leaving school in 1961 .
The business, which specialises in shoe repairs, key cutting and engraving, has been in the family for six generations having been originally set up as a bootmaker 180 years ago,
But now Brian, from Bury, wants to try to step back and give his son Andrew, 36, a chance to helm the family business.
Brian said: “I left school at 15 but used to go in and work there even before I had left school.
“I made my mind up at a very early stage that I wanted to go into the family business.
“It is very similar story to my son – he came down after school to work here like I did and also realised early that this is what he wanted to do. I have a great sense of achievement knowing I have someone I can leave the business to.
“I am not retiring, I still really enjoy the work, but would like to try and take more of a back seat now.”
Brian said the key to keeping a business like his successful was making sure to keep up with the times.
“In the days of my great grandfather and grandfather they made their business making boots.
“When the big factories came in and started making footwear the business moved more towards the repair side.
“We are having to do the same thing now, every year we try and do something new.
“You have to change what you are doing and look ahead or you will be left behind.
“At the moment we are actually more busy than we have been.
“Most of the time when money does get tight people think about getting their shoes repaired rather than getting a new pair. If you have a quality item to begin with I think it is much better to get it repaired and we have got a good reputation in the town.
“I was born and bred in Bury and have lived here all my life and feel honoured to be able to serve the community.”