Barber surgeons back in King’s Lynn

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The gory world of the barber surgeon will be brought back to life in King’s Lynn’s Saturday Market Place this September in a family-fun day.

Beers, Barbers and Butchers celebrates a host of traditional trades that were based in the St Margaret’s and St Nicholas Townscape Heritage Initiative area.

Some of the trades that have existed in the area over time remain important professions in that vicinity today, especially hairdressing and barbering.

This fun, free, family event features a host of activities including a Barber Shop Quarter performance, local butchers and brewers selling their wares and demonstrating their skills and a display of hairdressing and barbering skills from local salons.

The event will also feature a re-enactment giving an a eye-opening insight into the life of a barber in medieval times, when their easy access to razor sharp blades made them the perfect physician – often charged with amputating limbs as well as cutting hair.

In addition hairdressing and beauty students from the College of West Anglia will be putting on a show exhibiting their ability to create intricate hair and beauty makeovers which show how styles have changed over the ages from Elizabethan times to the swinging 60s.

It has been organised by the West Norfolk Council to showcase the St Margaret’s and St Nicholas Conservation Area Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “This event will bring to life the rich history of this conservation area and highlight the traditional trades that have operated there for years, many of which are still present - albeit in a modern incarnation.

“The event is an exciting addition to the Heritage Open Day and Classic Car Show also taking place that weekend and will draw people into this very special historic quarter. It will also provide an invaluable opportunity for our local producers and skilled artistes to showcase their talents.”

Alistair Beales, cabinet member for regeneration and industrial assets said: “The project will make a real difference to this historically important part of town.”

Beer, Barbers and Butchers takes place on September 12-15 from 11am until 5pm.