Beard to­day, gone to­mor­row!

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

IN ALL of his nine years, Jamie An­der­son had never seen his dad Jack with­out a beard – un­til Satur­day.

‘ Eeeewwww, Dad, you’re gonnae grow it back!’ was the ver­dict.

Jack, from Oban, was in the bar­ber’s chair at Spruce on Ge­orge Street, in the ca­pa­ble hands of Car­ron MacPhee for the char­ity shave; half the money is go­ing to Movem­ber, which sup­ports men’s health char­i­ties and the other half is stay­ing nearer to home, with the HCPT Group 43, the lo­cal branch of the Hospice House Chil­dren’s Pil­grim­age Trust, which helps to send chil­dren with spe­cial needs to Lour­des.

Jack, aged 33, works for BT as a fi­bre- op­tic engi­neer in the town.

‘ I’ve had a beard for ever, ever since I could grow one and I’ve been let­ting this grow bushy for the last two-anda-half months,’ said Jack. He couldn’t go com­pletely bare-faced. He kept his mous­tache.

Car­ron, who trained at the Scot­tish School of Bar­ber­ing in Glas­gow, first trimmed down Jack’s beard and then gave a tra­di­tional

shave with hot tow­els, oil mas­sage and a cut­throat ra­zor, a pop­u­lar treat­ment at Spruce; owner Elaine Smith and her team will cel­e­brate the busi­ness’s sec­ond an­niver­sary next month. Orig­i­nally opened as a bar­ber’s shop, they now have a large num­ber of fe­male clients as well.

Jack’s brother-in-law Brian Collins came along to give his sup­port and ended up in the bar­ber’s chair as well. Brian is the group leader for HCPT 43.

Jack said: ‘ We are look­ing for more vol­un­teers to help on our vis­its, and to hear from fam­i­lies with chil­dren with spe­cial needs who would like to go to Lour­des.

‘ We are also host­ing a fash­ion show at M and Co in the town on Novem­ber 13 and the shop is of­fer­ing a spe­cial dis­count for the night.’

Elaine and her team also have a char­ity event com­ing soon – a Ladies Day at The Bay Great Western Ho­tel, Oban, on Sun­day Novem­ber 22, as part of the Oban Win­ter Fes­ti­val Event, of­fer­ing hair, beauty and fash­ion; the day will raise money for Lu­pus UK.

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BE­FORE: Jack and Jamie at Spruce.

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NEARLY GONE: Car­ron re­moves the beard with a cut-throat ra­zor.

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AF­TER: Jamie’s not too sure about his dad’s new bare-faced look, cour­tesy

of Car­ron.

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