Bar­ber hangs up clip­pers

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

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.

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