King’s Lynn hosts tattoo (and Beer, Butchers and Barbers)

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A hair-raising experience or time to let your hair down! Whatever you are looking for, the Beer, Butchers and Barbers event is for everyone.

The event this weekend is aimed at making sure that people go away with a real understanding of the traditional trades that have operated around the Saturday Market Place for many years.

On Saturday, the College of West Anglia will be putting on two shows to exhibit their ability to create intricate hair and beauty makeovers which show how styles and trends have changed through the ages.

Part one starts at 12pm with an elaborate Elizabethan makeover. Flappers from the 1920’s, vintage 1940’s uniforms and the swinging sixties all kick off at 2pm. Students will also be offering face painting.

Carole Gallagher, programme manager for hair and beauty at the college, said: “It’s great that our hair and beauty students have been able to get involved with this fantastic community event.

“It’s a brilliant way to showcase to the public what we do in The Salon at the College of West Anglia, whilst at the same time supporting the Townscape Heritage Initiative. I hope people come down to the Saturday Market Place and show their support for Beer, Butchers and Barbers this weekend.”

On Sunday, the macabre and gory world of the barber surgeon will be brought to life through a series of fascinating re-enactments.

In the days before anaesthetics the humble barber would often be asked to use his razor sharp blades to perform limb amputations instead of cutting hair. In contrast to these gruesome practices, modern-day barbers will be demonstrating how to give a Turkish shave as well as showcasing the latest hairstyles and trends.

Local Firm Captain Peabody Fawcett will also be creating a traditional barber shop window where their ‘delectable range of first-class gentlemen’s grooming requisites’ will be on display for the discerning gentleman sporting ‘on-trend’ facial hair.

Also on Sunday, local tattooists will be showcasing some of their inspiring designs, showing how an old art has exploded in the 21st century with inking now very much part of a person’s identity.

Live music and the sweet tones of Double Take Quartet - a traditional barber shop quarter, will add to the atmosphere.

Across both days, which start at 11am and finish at 5pm, there will be butchery talks and demonstrations, plus opportunities to sample and purchase real ales and beers from Norfolk, and a range of pies, burgers and sausages.

Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “This weekend is jam-packed with entertainment and activities. Not only do we have Beer, Butchers and Barbers in the Saturday Market Place, but also we have the Classic Car Show in the Tuesday Market Place and the Heritage Open Days which enables people to view many of Lynn’s historic gems. St Nicholas Chapel will also be opening its doors to the public following their Heritage Lottery Fund project. There really is something for everyone.”

The event is free to attend. Beer, Butchers and Barbers has been organised by West Norfolk Council to showcase the St Margaret’s and St Nicholas Conservation Area Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI). This initiative is a £2 million project which is set to rejuvenate this important Lynn conservation area. The project has been made possible thanks to a £1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and a £1 million investment by the borough council.

The aim of the project is to enhance and protect the heritage of the area, while stimulating economic activity and community use.

Alistair Beales, borough council cabinet member for regeneration and industrial assets said: “This event is an excellent opportunity for people to find out more about the exciting work we are carrying out in the St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative Area. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a similar contribution from the borough council, owners and leaseholders of eligible properties in the area can bid for grants to make authentic restorations and repairs or carry out works that bring properties back into use. The project will make a real difference to this historically important part of town.”