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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Well-known Carlisle barbers reopens

One of Carlisle’s best known barber’s shops has reopened under new ownership following the death of its legendary proprietor.

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Cutting edge: Erica Bell who has taken over Raymond McClelland’s barber shop in Blackwell Road, Carlisle

Raymond McClelland, who passed away in November aged 78, ran the barber’s at 91, Blackwell Road, Currock, for 54 years until ill health forced him to retire last summer.

He was nicknamed the “midnight barber” because he would open late at night for the benefit of shift workers.

Now the scissors have passed to another native of Currock, 33-year-old Erica Bell.

She said: “I saw the shop had closed so I just wrote to him to ask if it was available. He rang me the same day to say it was mine. Sadly, he died the day the new sign went up.”

Miss Bell previously worked at Leirums Hair Studio in Orton Road, Carlisle, for 14 years and before that at ElainZ in Botchergate.

She said: “I thought if I don’t set up on my own now, I never will. I’ve always preferred cutting men’s hair. It’s a great job because you get to meet lots of people.”

The shop now trades as Bell’s Barbers. Miss Bell took out a £6,000 loan from Enterprise Answers, the body that provides finance to businesses rejected by the banks, to refit the premises. There is a modern black-and-white colour scheme, TV, and new mirrors.

She said: “I’ve been pleased with the way it has gone. There are good days and bad days but generally we’ve been really busy.”

The shop is open 9.30am-5.30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11am-7pm Thursdays, 9.30am-6pm Fridays, and 9.30am-1.30pm Saturdays.

Haircuts are £7, or £6.50 for children and pensioners, and there is £1 off throughout January and February.

A loyalty card allows customers to get every fifth haircut free.

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