He thinks about 90% of the love locks on the bridge have come from his shop, making it a “great boost” for business.
“The amount of sad stories I have heard, I could write a book,” he said.
“But these customers went away after putting a lock on the bridge feeling a little better.”
He thinks removing the locks is disrespectful to the people that put them there.
“I’ve seen their faces when I’ve been engraving them – especially the memory ones,” he said.
“If they decide not to carry on with the tradition, there’s been talk of making a sculpture out of the padlocks or melting them down and making a plaque.
“As long as there’s just something to remember them if they come back.”
When are the locks being removed?
A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: “We need to carry out some routine maintenance on the bridge and would need to remove the locks to do this work.
“However while the work is needed, it is not urgent, so we are in discussions with Bakewell Town Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council about the work, and what to do with the padlocks after they have been removed.
“No decisions have been taken yet and we will do all we can to promote the work to give people a chance to collect their locks.”
Are love locks bad news for bridges?
They can be – with the sheer weight of hundreds and thousands of metal locks putting considerable strain on structures that are often centuries old.
In 2015, love locks caused part of the Pont Des Arts Bridge in Paris to collapse.
And in this country, locks have been removed from bridges in Cornwall, Lincolnshire, Chester and Leeds in recent years due to safety concerns.
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