I have lived in the Loughborough junction area for over 42 years, and for 39 of those years I have had my hair cut at Albertos on Camberwell Green.
In that time we have had many conversations and I learned just a little about his life. He was born like his 5 brothers and 1 sister in Newcastle. His father and mother emigrated to Newcastle where all the children were born. His father was a shoemaker. They returned to Italy in 1936 when Alberto was 4 years old where his father joined the army. Italy is where Alberto learned barbering.
He returned to the UK in 1948 and started working in London’s West End and Southampton. He opened Albertos in March 1961 having worked in a barber shop around the corner on Camberwell New Road.
Photo: London Metropolitan Archives, 1972. reference 54533
He was a fixture in Camberwell ever since.
Alberto Petrozzi (1932-2019), it’s been a pleasure. RIP.