G. Scott Gentlemens Hairdresser - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 54° 58.171 W 001° 36.673
30U E 588902 N 6092281
Quick Description: This static pole is one of two outside this hairdresser's shop.
Location: North East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/1/2015 1:23:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMNER0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
Views: 1

Long Description:
This barber shop is the oldest in Newcastle and opened at these premises in 1919. The window display has a display of old hairdressing paraphenalia.

As well as the static pole on the right hand side of the building, there is also another pole that lights up on the left.

This newspaper article tells the story of the current owner.
"DEMON barber Dave “Sweeney Todd” Parker reckons he’s quiff off the mark after styling generations of rockabillies.

Dave owns Newcastle’s oldest barber G. Scott Gentlemen’s Hairdresser, which opened in Mosley Street in 1859 before moving to it’s current location by Amen Corner in 1919.

Dave joined the business in the 1960s, before buying it from Mr Scott in 1973.

When he started out quiffs were all the rage, and he still has customers who stroll into his retro shop in their drapes and suede brothel creepers to get a 'flat top', a 'hep cat' or a 'psychobilly'.

Dave, who is married with three children and three grandchildren, even leaves a guitar in one of the old sinks for them to jam with.

He said: “I have being doing Teddy boy quiffs since the sixties, back when even Cliff Richard had one.

“We used to be the ‘Flat Top Factory’. I am positive that the fashion will never disappear – there will always be members of the community that have them.

“We rely on people coming back again and again for ‘flat tops’. It’s a really lovely hairstyle that’s great to work with.”

His celebrity clients include David Byrne of Talking Heads, Tim Healy from Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Jaws look-alike Gary Tiplady and former world champion boxer Glenn McCrory.

He said: “It’s a real pleasure to be a hairdresser. It’s not just a job – it’s a vocation. I love just talking and reminiscing with my customers about Newcastle, Rockabillies and all sorts of things.”

And Dave has some advice for anybody who wants to keep his quiff in good shape: “My best tip for keeping your quiff is don’t go bald.

“That’s the problem we have with some of these Teds – the hair starts falling out and the quiff doesn’t stick together any more.”

Dave’s colleague Barry Whincup, who has worked with him for 20 years, said: “He’s great at what he does, but he’s not the best in the business: I am.”

Rob Dingwall, Elvis-fanatic and owner of Peggy Sue’s in Byker, has been going to G Scott’s since the 70s, and said: “Dave does all the old Rockabillies and he does a fantastic job.”

Dave, who is a fan of diving and sailing, says one of his main challenges is trying to remain friends with his clients – in his line of work it’s far too easy to upset someone by a misplaced stroke or worse.

Back in the seventies, he was cutting and shaving somebody, and he managed to nick his ear, causing blood to spurt everywhere.

He was reborn as 'Sweeny Todd'." link
Location of this 'Barber Pole": Outside of Barber Shop

Days & Hours of operation:
Monday 8am - 5:30pm Tuesday 8am - 5:30pm Wednesday 8am - 5:30pm Thursday 8am - 5:30pm Friday 8am - 5:30pm Saturday 7:30am - 12 Noon

Type of Barber Pole: Other - (state in next box what type)

Other -: One stationery wooden and one illumunated pole

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