Backwell barber Jamie Sparey retires after 50 years.
PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 March 2019
A Backwell barber will be hanging up his scissors at the end of the month after 50 years of styling hair.
Jamie Sparey started his career after leaving school at 15, when he was taken on as an apprentice at Les Vowles’ barber shop in 1968.
In 1971 Les took a teaching job at Weston Technical College, so Jamie and fellow apprentice Barrie Bancroft took over Backwell Barbers and moved the shop to its current site in West Town Road.
There the pair built up a strong customer base and became renowned for their rapport, comical signs and good humour.
Jamie said: “I would like to thank all our clients past and present.
“Unfortunately, I have decided to retire at the end of March after 50 years.
“It was a tough decision but I’m 65 now and if I don’t do it now I never will.
“The shop will continue to trade with Pino at the helm while they look for my replacement.”
Barrie retired from Backwell Barbers two years ago after also spending 50 years working there.