A popular barbershop held a vintage flashback event to mark its 40th anniversary - charging a 1973 price for a haircut.
Malcolm’s Gents Hairdressers marked 40 years of trade by charging just 35p yesterday, for any haircut, as a way of saying thankyou to loyal customers.
Some of his clients include three generations of the same family.
They opened in 1973 at Pendas Way, in Cross Gates.
Owner Malcolm Abdy, 63, said: “I was 23 when I opened the shop and here I still am, 40 years later. We didn’t have too much of a rush on yesterday, it was a nice easy chill out day, but the 35p charge was much cheaper than the usual £7 that people pay, so it was a pleasant surprise and a thankyou, for many of my loyal customers. I was a bit worried there might be long queues if it was mentioned in advance in the press.
“It was for any cut, a short, back and sides, a crew cut, flat top, or even a trim.”
The father-of-two, who has two grandchildren, said they had a lot of Leeds United fans who came into the shop and that it was the idea of a customer to charge the 1973 price.
Malcolm said: “I have no plans to hang the scissors up just yet, but maybe in a couple of years’ time.”
He recalled how on the first day he opened the shop, he accidentally locked himself out: “I was locked out, could not get in and had to borrow a pair of ladders from next door and climb in through the top window. It wasn’t a good start.”
He said when he first opened four decades ago the going rate for a haircut was 35p, but of course, had steadily increased over the years. At the time a loaf of bread cost just 11p and a pint of beer was only 13p.
On the roads, the Ford Cortina was the favoured car of choice and house prices had reached £10,000, for the average three-bedroom semi-detached.
“I am now cutting three generations of the same family’s hair and trim the hair of grandfather, son and grandson in some cases.
“The youngest haircut I have ever done was for a six month old baby, for his passport picture. I do cut a couple of lady’s hair but prefer not to really.”
Councillor Pauleen Grahame, (Lab, Crossgates and Whinmoor) said the barber was a well-known character and had done a great job chopping the locks of Crossgates over the last four decades: “It is just wonderful he is celebrating 40 years of trade. I wish him all the best.”