Former world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye used his hands to less damaging effect when he arrived to cut the ribbon to a new college hair academy and salon.

Mr Haye was guest of honour at Carshalton College, in Surrey, to open celebrity hairdresser Aidan Phelan’s new venture, the Aidan Phelan Salon & Academy.

“I have known Aidan for years — he has come from humble beginnings and has shown that with hard work and dedication anything is possible,” said Mr Haye.

The academy hopes to give industry experience to Carshalton College’s existing programme, with the attached commercial salon giving learners a chance to develop their training.

Mr Phelan, hairdresser to stars including David Beckham, said: “The future of our industry relies on fresh young talent, and being at the grass roots of the industry feels incredible. Great hairdressing all stems from great education and I’m proud to be part of that.”

Main pic: David Haye cuts the ribbon with Aidan Phelan to open the Aidan Phelan Academy & Salon

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