Number one barber retires after 42 years in Brechin

Barber Wallace Thomson pictured on his last day before hanging up his scissors and retiring. 
 
� Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Barber Wallace Thomson pictured on his last day before hanging up his scissors and retiring. � Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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A Brechin barber is not cutting hair any longer, having put down his clippers for the final time, retiring after a 53 year career.

Wallace Thompson, who has his barber shop in Market Street, has worked in Brechin for the last 42 years and retired on Saturday.

He first started in the barber trade 53 years ago, beginning his career in David Patullo’s shop in Forfar.

Wallace said: “I did my time there before I moved further down the road to East High Street.

“A few years later I then moved on to Dundee to work at Roebucks in St Andrew Street.”

After his stint working in Dundee, Wallace then came to Brechin where he remained until his eventual retirement on Saturday.

Speaking about to his decision to retire, Wallace said: “I just felt the time was right as there are more barbers now in Brechin and folk aren’t reliant on just one.

“Over the years I’ve cut four generations of hair here and customers are becoming friends more than customers.”

When asked what he would miss about the profession, he replied: “I’ll miss everything especially the friendship of my customers. I’ve received a lot of cards and gift, and I would just like to thank everyone for that. I wasn’t expecting that level of generosity.”

When asked if there is anything he would miss, he said: “Nothing. I have enjoyed my work for the last 53 years. I wouldn’t have done it otherwise.”

Wallace is now planning on spending more time with his grandchildren, of which he has seven, although two are grown up now.

He said: “I’ll be able to spend a little more time with the young ones. I’ll just be relaxing and enjoying the time I have. I’ve made a lot of good friends over the years and I’d like to thank all customers past and present for the support over the years.”

His final week of business was anything but quiet, with plenty of customers throughout the door: “I’ve been busy the last week or so with folk getting one last trim before I go.”

The City of Brechin and District Community Council also honoured Wallace on his last day in business, presenting him with a bottle of 15-year-old malt from Glencadam Distillery. The subsequent post on Facebook proved how popular he is in the town, amassing 56 shares and over 70 comments, full of well wishes from the local community. Jill Scott, from the community council who put up the post, said: “I put it up Saturday afternoon and as of Sunday morning the post reach is over 18,000.

“It is amazing, people from America and Australia commenting. What an extremely popular man he is.”