A COBBLER from Belper has been crowned the UK Shoe Repairer of the Year 2011 — despite being out of the trade for 15 years.
George Walker, who only returned to shoe repairing four months ago, was crowned champion cobbler at a ceremony in Northampton.
The 55-year-old works at KR and K.Webb Shoe Repairs, on Campbell Street, Belper.
Kevin Webb, who runs the business, said: “He has not lost it despite not picking up a pair of shoes in 15 years. He is brilliant.
“It is a mega title. People will be coming from towns all over to have George repair their shoes.”
George was the owner of the business until he fancied a change of trade all those years ago. Kevin, his former apprentice, took over the business before welcoming him back a few months ago.