Hairdresser Herbert Howe dies aged 72

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Herbert Howe. Pic © Trinity Mirror

Herbert Howe. Pic © Trinity Mirror

One of the city’s most recognisable figures, Liverpool hairdresser and charity fundraiser, Herbert Howe, has died at the age of 72.

It was announced that Howe lost his long battle with cancer in the early hours of this morning, with many mourning the colourful character.

Mayor Joe Anderson was among those to pay his respects on Twitter, saying: “Sad to hear news of the death of Herbert of Liverpool great fundraiser and ambassador for City. Less glitter in Liverpool now he’s gone RIP.”

DJ Pete Price tweeted: “Early hours this morning my friend of 50 years Herbert Of Liverpool left this earth to be reunited with his Mother Queenie. I will miss him.”

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The owner and founder of Herbert of Liverpool raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. In 2007, he launched his own charity platform, Queenie’s Christmas, in honour of his late mum.

Celebrity hairdresser Herbert Howe at the 2015 Liverpool Santa Dash. Pic by Rochelle Beighton © JMU Journalism

Celebrity hairdresser Herbert Howe at the 2015 Liverpool Santa Dash. Pic by Rochelle Beighton © JMU Journalism

The charity held Christmas lunches in Liverpool hotels such as the Adelphi, Crowne Plaza and Titanic to make Christmas Day special for those with no family or friends to share the occasion with.

Herbert raised £10,000 at last year’s Queenie’s Christmas event, despite being diagnosed with seven brain tumours.

The legendary stylist and businessman was recognised for his charitable efforts with a Humanitarian Award from the Fellowship of British Hairdressing. Mr Howe also briefly stood as an independent candidate for Mayor of Liverpool in 2012.