SINGING barber Peter Joannou has swapped his scissors and razor for a stroll around the streets in his latest effort to raise money for charity.

Mr Joannou is well known for regularly serenading his customers at his shop and often combines his two skills to support Cancer Research UK.

Now the 47-year-old has released a new Christmas song and video which was filmed at various locations in Brighton.

This includes the seafront, the Royal Pavilion, Palace Pier, Old Steine and North Laine and Mr Joannou roped in friends and family to help.

The song, called Hello Christmas, was written and composed by 88-year-old Al Huggins and Mr Joannou, from Haywards Heath, felt an instant connection with it.

He said: “I wanted to do a Christmas song and I just really liked this one. It has a lovely tone and a really nice ring to it.

“It just felt like the right one to choose and I am really happy with how everything has come out.

For each sale of the record on iTunes, 10 pence will be donated to Cancer Research UK and another 10 pence will go to a homeless charity.

Mr Joannou, who runs Peter Joannou Male Grooming in Middle Street, Brighton, said: “I’ve lost several good friends to cancer over the years so it is an important cause for me.

“I often see homeless people on the streets and I just felt I would like to do something to help. It is particularly so at this time of year when Christmas is coming and the weather is cold and dark.

“I’d like to raise as much as I can and hopefully entertain people at the same time.”

Mr Joannou has become a regular at performer at his barber shop as he often breaks into song.

He mainly performs his favourite swing and jazz numbers, featuring tunes by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

Mr Joannou has always loved singing and performing, and enjoys helping to brighten up people’s day.

He will be helping to boost funds for his two chosen charities when he sings at Churchill Square shopping centre in Brighton on Tuesday, (dec 15) Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7pm to 8pm.