MR John Griffin, a former fashion designer and retailer in Hucknall, has died. He was aged 86.
Mr Griffin was the son of John Griffin Snr, who worked at Newstead Colliery, and Dorothy Griffin.
John Jnr and his sister, Catherine, were born and raised in Hucknall, living most of their early lives at the family home on Wood Lane.
He was a mining ‘Bevin Boy’ during the Second World War, but it was in the field of fashion design that he excelled.
He joined Taylor’s factory on King Edward Street, Hucknall, as an apprentice and discovered a flair for designing ladies’ fashions and became one of Jaeger’s top designers.
His job took him regularly to the fashion houses of London and Paris. At Jaeger, he was a contemporary of the world-renowned fashion designer Jean Muir and they became great friends.
During the 1960s, Mr Griffin had a fashion shop in Hucknall town centre, initially on South Street, before moving into the former Dorothea premises on High Street. He also had fashion shops in Mansfield, Mapperley and Loughborough.
At the peak of his creative powers, his eyesight began to fail and his career in fashion came to an end.
He moved away from Hucknall in the mid-1970s to the Park Estate in Nottingham where he lived for 30 years. But he regularly returned to Hucknall.
Mr Griffin later moved into residential care at Millbeck House, Arnold. He died at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
Mr Griffin never married and leaves his partner, niece, nephew and their respective families. His funeral was at Wilford Hill in Nottingham and his ashes will be interred at Hucknall Cemetery on Broomhill Road.