Life of ser­vice recog­nised

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

BILL Glee­son counts for­mer Aus­tralian La­bor Party leader Kim Bea­z­ley among the cus­tomers he has ser­viced dur­ing his 55 years as a hair­dresser in South Perth.

“He was a great bloke,” Mr Glee­son said.

“I cut his hair for about five years and he would walk into the shop and ask me about the var­i­ous pho­tos and items.

“I of­ten think about the hair­dresser as a liv­ing mu­seum and so I end up an­swer­ing peo­ple’s ques­tions about them.

“I’ve al­ways been a peo­ple’s per­son. I think the pub­lic looks to me as some­one who can dis­cuss lo­cal is­sues and give them an an­swer.”

The busi­ness­man and for­mer coun­cil­lor was recog­nised for his years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity with the City of South Perth Aus­tralia Day Cit­i­zen of the Year award.

“I knew some­thing was hap­pen­ing be­cause they sent out an in­vi­ta­tion but it was a nerve-wrack­ing day, he said.

“Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, they read out some of my life story in­clud­ing my civic life and my busi­ness life.

“I’ve been elected to three dif­fer­ent wards around the City, which I think means peo­ple trust me.

“I served the City from 1978 to 1990, 2002 to 2009 and 2011 to 2013. I guess my life has been ded­i­cated to serv­ing peo­ple.”

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