Barber hangs up clippers
A central Auckland barber is hanging up his clippers after almost half a century.
Allan Tyler, 69, will retire at the end of this week 49 years after he first started cutting hair in the central business district.
In July Tyler will turn 70, which coincided with the end of the lease for the Queens Arcade barbershop Hair For Men, where Tyler worked beside barber John Daube.
Working for five decades on Queen St and Victoria St meant Tyler cut the hair of High Court judges, chief executives, university lecturers and scientists.
He said he hadn’t regarded barbering as work for many years.
‘‘The relationships that I have built up over the years they’re mates, they’re not clients, not customers,’’ Tyler said.
Kevin Sherlock, who had been getting his hair cut by Tyler for 15 years, said he was at a loss for where he would go once the doors were closed.
He said Tyler and Daube were gentlemen.
Tyler said he’d been successful because he provided quick, quality haircuts, fostered good relationships, and offered clients good conversation.
His most enjoyed the eras in Auckland were the America’s Cup, the Lions Tours and even the 1987 stock market crash.
He plans to spend his retirement fishing on his boat.