Scarborough barber is a cut above the rest

Shane Kirton at work in his Castle Road salon

Shane Kirton at work in his Castle Road salon

Words and main photo by Dave Barry

A Scarborough barber is celebrating after reaching the finals of the international barber awards, in Germany.

Against stiff competition, Shane Kirton was eliminated in the first round.

But he wasn’t disappointed and was “happy to be a part of the whole thing”.

Shane got through by performing well at the UK qualifying event in London in August.

It was just three weeks after he had a hip replacement.

The judges looked at how well barbers competed in three principal areas. They were skin fades - the gradient from hair to hairless skin; male grooming, which involves a beard trim, a wet shave, removal of facial hair, a mini-facial and a head massage; and an appraisal how a client looks overall, from head to toe, covering hair, beard, face, clothing, etc.

Shane has been at his salon in Castle Road for 11 years.

However, he has been in the profession for 21 years, after training at Yorkshire Coast College in Lady Edith’s Drive.

Years later, Shane switched from student to teacher and now passes on his knowledge at Lyndsey Burr’s Academy of Hair and Beauty in Roscoe Street.

Shane has worked alongside one of country's top barbers, Chris Foster, who charges £500 a cut.