Guitar hero Clapton pays visit to Rushden shoe firm

Eric Clapton (right) on the steps outside Rushden shoemakers' Sanders and Sanders with his wife Melia (back), shoe designer Mark McNairy (middle) and Sanders' managing director Henry Sanders (left)

Eric Clapton (right) on the steps outside Rushden shoemakers' Sanders and Sanders with his wife Melia (back), shoe designer Mark McNairy (middle) and Sanders' managing director Henry Sanders (left)

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Staff at Rushden shoemakers’ Sanders and Sanders welcomed guitar legend Eric Clapton to their factory on Wednesday (June 26) when he took a tour of the 140-year-old firm.

The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer took the trip to the Spencer Road workshop to coincide with the visit of American shoe designer Mark McNairy, who designs Clapton’s shoes.

Alice Frost, spokesman for Sanders and Sanders, said: “We have previously made shoes for Eric and because Mark was going to be paying us a visit as well Eric decided to pay us a visit.

“We gave him a tour of the factory and showed him the shoe-making process from start to finish. All of our process is under one roof so he was very interested to see what was going on.

“He was lovely and was very interested and engaged and asked us questions.”

Sanders and Sanders have previously made custom shoes for Clapton.

After his tour of the factory, Clapton paid a visit to The Griffin, in Higham Ferrers.

Sanders and Sanders was established in 1873 by Rushden brothers William and Thomas and was initially based in a small workshop in the centre of the town.

During the First World War, the firm made up to 6,000 pairs of army boots for soldiers every week.

For more information about Sanders and Sanders, visit www.sanders-uk.com.