GRAHAM Kent is a popular hairdresser who, with his wife Marie, owns FHC for Hair at Tempus Business Park, just off Kingsclere Road, in Basingstoke.

FHC stands for Fantastic Hair Company, which Harrods-trained Graham set up in 1990.

Graham, who first went into the industry 48 years ago, has worked with some of the UK’s top hairdressers and has even snipped at Butlin’s and then at various salons in London before moving to Basingstoke in the 1970s.

As well as being a popular member of the business community and member of the Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletic Club, Graham is also a local charity fundraiser.

1. Who was your childhood hero and why? Biggles – great books and adventure stories where the hero always comes out on top.

2. What is your most precious possession, and why is it important to you? My scissors and comb – the tools of my trade.

3. What was the first record/CD you bought? 5,4,3,2,1 by Manfred Mann, 6s/3d from W H Smith in Ealing Broadway.

4. What is the radio/television show you hate to miss? Anything to do with athletics.

5. What is your favourite film? Chariots of Fire, a true story about two athletes, Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddle, competing in the 1924 Olympics. I’ve lost count of the number of times I've watched it.

6. What is your pet hate? The M25 – London's biggest car park.

7. What are you reading at the moment? I’ve just finished The Hunger Games, which appealed to my competitive nature. I don’t get much time for reading, but books two and three are on my reading list.

8. If you were choosing a last meal, what would it be? Steak and chips followed by apple crumble and custard.

9. If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be? Has to be Vidal Sassoon – the greatest hairdresser ever.

10. If you had a time machine, where would it take you? The Iffley Road track on May 6, 1954, to see Roger Bannister run the first sub four-minute mile.

11. If you were stranded on a desert island, what luxury would you choose to have with you? The SAS handbook of survival.

12. What sports team do you support? Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletic Club. I’ve been a member of the road running section for more than 25 years.

13. What was your first job? After two years training at college, I landed a job as a hairstylist at Harrods, in Knightsbridge, where I worked with some great hairdressers and learned so much more.

14. If you could take over someone's job for the day, whose job would you choose? Tony Miles, a man whose passion is fishing. Just to spend time on a riverbank would be great!

15. What worries you the most? Outside of my business, I'm not a great worrier.

16. What is your proudest moment? Watching my two granddaughters Elouise and Sophie turn into beautiful people.

17. What would you like your epitaph to be? Wish I'd been a cat – I’d have another eight lives left.

18. What's your guilty pleasure? Red wine and peanuts.

19. What one thing could change society for the better? I’d abolish VAT. We are taxed far too highly in other ways in this country.

20. What three words best describe you? Tall, dark and handsome...I wish!