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Ian Henry
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He’s performed tens of thousands of haircuts and seen scores of different trends in his career.

Now veteran barber Ian Henry has clocked up an amazing 50 years behind the chair.

But the 68-year-old, who runs Ian Henry barbershop, in Cosham, says he’s not yet ready to hang up his scissors.

‘My loyal customers and the four ladies that work with me are the ones that keep me going,’ he said.

‘I absolutely love my job - there’s nothing else I would rather be doing.

‘In what other place of work would I be able to meet so many different people? ‘I get top surgeons from Queen Alexandra Hospital and people of all nationalities. I couldn’t hazard a guess as to how many haircuts I’ve done - but it’s got to be in the tens of thousands.’ Mr Henry, of Portchester, learnt his craft as an apprentice at a former barbershop in Portsmouth in 1959.

Three years later he became a junior hairdresser at the Cosham premises which he later took over in 1980.