Hair we go as legendary Kettering barber reopens for post-lockdown desperately-needed haircuts

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Vince started snipping unruly lockdown locks at 4.50am

As hairdressers and barbers shops come out of lockdown, a well-known Kettering barber has got back to business this morning welcoming clients back to his Hawthorn Road salon.

When Vince Geranio, owner of Vince's Barbers, arrived at work at 4.45am several eager punters were already waiting outside his shop - the first lucky customer got into the chair at 4.50am.

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The barber's shop is running a one-in one-out system with hand sanitiser available and social distancing in place.

Vince said: "It's good to be back. I'd like to thank all my loyal customers for supporting me.

"Lockdown has been interesting. In the first week, I fell off my bike, dislocated my elbow and had my arm in plaster.

"Now every fence panel round my house has been painted and my garden looks like Wembley Stadium. And me and the wife are still married."

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A long queue had formed snaking down Hawthorn Road with up to twenty customers waiting their turn.

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Vince Geriano with Neil Tilley in the chair

Waiting patiently had been regular customer Neil Tilley, 53, who usually has a trim every Saturday at the barber's shop.

He said: "I've been desperate for a haircut. It's been terrible. I come every week - I'm a season ticket holder.

"I've been dreaming of having my haircut more than the pubs opening."

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Vince added: "We've been off for 100 days or 14 Saturdays. It's good to be back to normal."

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