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Dave Horrobin is retiring after 50 years as a barber

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

By Alanna Lintin

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THE traditional red and white swirl of the barber's pole still stands outside Dave's Barbers in Swadlincote – but only for a few more days.

Dave Horrobin will be hanging up his clippers for the final time this week after 50 years of service.

Born and bred in the town, Mr Horrobin began his career in August 1964 at the age of 15. Six years later he moved to premises in West Street, Swadlincote, where he has been ever since.

Exactly 50 years to the day since starting out, he will be saying goodbye to his regulars and retiring.

The 65-year-old has many stories to tell from his time in the industry, from a customer passing away in his shop to fights between people over who got served first – and said he would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

"I have enjoyed every second of it. I've met lots of different people, from vicars to villains," he said.

"I can't praise my customers enough. They have given me a living for the past 50 years and I can't thank them enough."

Mr Horrobin has three children, two stepchildren and eight grandchildren.

With both his stepson and a niece in the hairdressing business, he hopes his customers will support them.

He said: "I can only hope that my customers will support them as much as they have me in the last 50 years."

And he's planning on using his retirement to spend more time with his family.

"I'm going to use my extra time to spend more time with my children and my dog Benji too, to take him out more often," said Mr Horrobin.

"I'd also like to do some fishing and get back into running – I'm a founder member of the South Derbyshire Road Runners Club."

Mr Horrobin is also chairman at Midlands Karting in Fradley and plans on heading there more often.

But these weren't Mr Horrobin's original plans for retirement.He said: "Sadly my wife passed away last year, which has changed my retirement plans – we were going to do so much together and go away on a world cruise.

"That's the one regret I have – that I won't get to spend the time with her. She would have loved to see me retire and have been so proud."

Mr Horrobin's fellow barber Janine Robinson has worked with him for more than 10 years

She said:"He's always been a traditional barber – what you see is what you get. How he is at work is exactly how he is at home."

The barber's pole will come down at the end of this week as the shop goes up for sale .

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  • Readingram01  |  August 05 2014, 12:06PM

    Will be so sad to see the High Street without Dave. Thanks for many a good hair cut Dave. Best wishes for your retirement.

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