Tributes to ‘quickest hairdresser in the city’

Sid Greeman, a former Portsmouth barber, has died aged 91
Sid Greeman, a former Portsmouth barber, has died aged 91

From broken bones to new beginnings

  • He cut hair for more than 40 years
  • Was popular all over the area
  • Funeral takes place on Friday
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Tributes paid to Portsmouth hairdresser Sid

Sid Greeman was well known across the Portsmouth area after he spent more than 40 years cutting people’s hair.

They called him the fastest scissors in the south at the time

Sue Clarke, daughter

Based at Sid’s in Locksway Road, the 90-year-old was a popular member of the community. He will be remembered at his funeral on Friday.

His daughter Sue Clarke, 60, said: ‘He was full of character.

‘He was a long-standing barber in Portsmouth.

‘They called him the fastest scissors in the south at the time.

‘He went on holiday to Australia once and when he got back there were queues outside.

‘I think he will be remembered for his jokes.’

Sid, who enjoyed football and was a Pompey fan, had four children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His customers at his hair salon used to come from all over the area, not just Portsmouth but Havant, Fareham and even Petersfield and Farnborough.

He first served a barber’s apprenticeship at a shop in Somers Road, which was interrupted by four years in the 12th Devonshire Regiment during the war.

Son-in-law Barry Clarke added: ‘He was fantastic. There was never a dull moment.’

Mike King is the hairdresser who has taken over Sid’s salon.

Sid retired from hairdressing aged 67.

Mike said: ‘He was the cheapest and quickest hairdresser in town. He would do it in about three or four minutes.

‘He was a real man’s man. He was a member of most of the social clubs in Portsmouth.

‘He was jovial, jokey character who would tell the same jokes again and again. He would always find something to talk about.

‘I still get his old customers coming in now.’

His funeral will take place at 10.30am at Portchester Crematorium.

The family have asked mourners not to bring flowers but to make a tribute to The Rowans Hospice.

Sid’s will be closed on Friday until 2pm as a mark of respect.