Barbers call it a day after more than 40 years together

Barbers call it a day after more than 40 years together

Barbers call it a day after more than 40 years together

First published in News

TWO barbers have sharpened their scissors one last time after more than 40 years working together.

 

Bill Wendon and Bob Knights opened Uppercut in March 1989, in London Road, Stanway, 17 years after they first began working together in Colchester.

The pair, aged 70 and 66 respectively, have also become avid fundraisers and have raised more than £75,000 for groups such as the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Dogs for the Disabled and Essex Air Ambulance.

“I will certainly miss it,” said Mr Wendon.

“The job was all about people and the day-to-day banter was great.

“I like to think the customers enjoyed it too.”

He added: “There is one customer whose hair I have been cutting since 1959, so you get to know people quite well.”

Both men now plan on spending more time on the golf course in retirement and hope to have more time for their families

On January 2013, the pair signed over the lease to Stacey Wheeler, who has been working with them since June 2012.

She plans to keep the business in exactly the same way Mr Wendon and Mr Knights have run it for 24 years.

Opening times will continue to be 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday.

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6:11pm Tue 5 Feb 13

greenbroker says...

I wish them both lots of 'holes in one' and a happy retirement. I've been going there since they opened. They are both far more knowledgeable thanks to my vocal input.
I wish them both lots of 'holes in one' and a happy retirement. I've been going there since they opened. They are both far more knowledgeable thanks to my vocal input. greenbroker
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7:48pm Tue 5 Feb 13

mirokou says...

I remember these 2 from Romans in Colchester cutting my hair when i was just a boy, now i'm over 40 , blimey time flies. Enjoy your retirement , well earnt
I remember these 2 from Romans in Colchester cutting my hair when i was just a boy, now i'm over 40 , blimey time flies. Enjoy your retirement , well earnt mirokou
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8:16pm Tue 5 Feb 13

SOMETHING2SAY says...

Well...at least its not another shop closure due to " cuts" !
Well...at least its not another shop closure due to " cuts" ! SOMETHING2SAY
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10:23pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Feisty CBC says...

Happy retirement :) £75k for charity is brilliant too. Well done chaps.
Happy retirement :) £75k for charity is brilliant too. Well done chaps. Feisty CBC
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11:04pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Monkey1980 says...

Happy Retirement Bill & Bob!
I too remember you both from the days of Romans in the town back in the 80s.
Many hours of chat in the chair over the years!
Happy Retirement Bill & Bob! I too remember you both from the days of Romans in the town back in the 80s. Many hours of chat in the chair over the years! Monkey1980
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1:39pm Thu 7 Feb 13

wellnow says...

Would not have thought it a job to retire from, whilst you both enjoy good health and and a good crack with customers. Exchange that for the spoiling of a good walk you will soon be bored to tears.l'll put money on it.
Would not have thought it a job to retire from, whilst you both enjoy good health and and a good crack with customers. Exchange that for the spoiling of a good walk you will soon be bored to tears.l'll put money on it. wellnow
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