The latest stall on Bury St Edmunds busy market is certainly a cut above other newcomers for its originality.
Thomas Carter, whose family have been barbers for six generations since 1878, has expanded his business with a ‘pop-up barber shop’ in the market, near the memorial.
Thomas, who has a barber shop in Out Risbygate opposite West Suffolk College, said: “I’ve got six trained barbers in the shop which gives me the chance to step outside the shop and try other things.
“I’ll do it every Wednesday and, in future, Saturdays and at events, festivals conventions – anywhere.”
His red gazebo has all the trappings of a barber’s shop, with a mirrored bench, cluttered with hair care products and brushes, and, even, a black and white ‘tiled’ floor.
Though he has been barbering for 13 years, and is the son of a Brandon barber and a hairdresser, he said: “I was a bit apprehensive at first, pulling into the market that’s deep in heritage.
“Some traders have had the market in the family for hundreds of years, but they’ve all been very friendly and have used it.
“For the public it has been a bit of a shock to see a barber on the market. But in a lot of countries – India, Indonesia, Turkey – the market barber is an everyday thing.”
But Thomas is no stranger to cutting hair in out of the ordinary places. His first barber shop was in a Thetford petrol station.