Charity fundraising barber marks 30-year milestone with 1987 prices

A loyal customer in the chair at Sharon's shop.
A loyal customer in the chair at Sharon's shop.

A Carrickfergus barber is planning to mark 30 years in business with a fundraiser for a charity close to her heart.

Sharon Pollock-Wilson, who established her Lancasterian Street shop in 1987, is to reinstate prices from that era in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Group. It follows support her husband received from the charity.

A familiar name in Carrick for 30 years.

A familiar name in Carrick for 30 years.

Sharon takes up the story: “I’ve picked a charity each year to support each having a personal reason attached. Lighthouse because I lost both my husband and my son to suicide in both 2010 and 2014 respectively. Then the British Heart Foundation as there is a family history of heart problems with my own family and this year Macmillan Cancer Support Group because my now husband William was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphomas in 2013 and this is when we came in contact with the Macmillan nurses who do an amazing job that money could never pay enough for.

“I am celebrating being in business here for 30 yrs on the 8th of December and I am holding an event for Macmillan Cancer Support on the day. I plan to have a price list for haircuts on the day charging the price men would have been charged back in 1987 and will be donating the takings from the day plus whatever voluntary monetary gifts people would like to give.”

And how much was a haircut then? Gent’s trim, £2.80; pensioner’s trim, £1.50.

Full story in this week’s Carrick Times, on sale Wednesday.