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'Stop asking me to retire'. Street barber Graham Burr is still a young snip

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

Street barber Graham Burr, aged 61, says he has no plans to retire so stop asking

Street barber Graham Burr, aged 61, says he has no plans to retire so stop asking

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A STREET barber is marking 45 years in the trade by announcing his "non-retirement".

Graham Burr has been working as a barber since he left school, initially training under Michael Howe, before setting up his own business.

He worked at a barbershop in Walton for seven years, before moving to his current shop in Merriman Road in Street.

"I'm 61, and recently I've had a lot of people assuming that I'm going to retire," he said.

"But I've got no plans to do so. I've been doing this for 45 years, and I've no intention of retiring – I've got no intention of going anywhere.

"I like the job and the customers too much. A lot of people go on until they're 70 or older.

"The way things are going, I might be one of them."

Mr Burr admits that trade isn't as easy these days as it has been in the past.

"It always used to be that there were no more than three barber shops in a town," he said.

"The barber did men's hair, and the hair salons did the ladies hair, but now the salons do men and women.

"So it's not as straight forward as it used to be, but I'm managing to hold my own."

Over the years, Graham said he's seen just about every hairstyle come and go in fashion.

"When I first started up, it was the DA that was the most fashionable hairstyle," he said. "People used to ask for it all the time. Now these young lads come in, and they think they're getting something that's at the height of fashion – something new and different.

"They don't know that it was the sort of style their fathers and grandfathers were getting back in the day. It always makes me smile."

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