John the barber set to retire

Getting ready to hang up his scissors for the last time, Newton Stewart barber, John McClelland. SGGY 230713 2
Getting ready to hang up his scissors for the last time, Newton Stewart barber, John McClelland. SGGY 230713 2

Men’s hairdresser John McClelland, known to all and sundry as ’John the barber’ is retiring from business next Saturday (August 10).

Having become an institution in Newton Stewart over the past 25 years, 43 year-old John, is being forced to hang up his clippers due to ill heath, but he has fond memories of all his loyal band of customers and the banter in the shop down Morton’s Entry over the years.

John said: “Unfortunately I need to go into hospital for a hip operation and lately it has become impossible for me to carry on.

“I would like to thank all my regular customers and everyone who has come through my door over the past 25 years.

“The girls at Snips - Leona, Linda and Kirsty - will carry on the business and I wish then well for the future.”

The Galloway Gazette’s facebook page lit up with tributes to John.

Amanda McEwan: “john will b missed! all the best to u john xxx”; Samantha Lowrie: “A much deserved rest john, all the best 4 the future xxx”; Glenda Ferries: “just been into john n he was tellin me....he will b missed in the town n we all wish him the very best xx”; Linda Wood: “All the best John, u will b missed x”.

Julien-le-Texier posted: “So the endless posts of DOES ANYONE KNOW IF JOHN THE BARBERS IS OPEN TODAY will be forever over?” while Gary Copeland added: ”i’ve never had a haircut from john because i’m bald, but i know john quite well so here’s hoping you enjoy your retirement,i’m sure many of your customers will be sad to see you go”.