Chop and change as owner cuts time at oldest barbers in town

Ian Lee is leaving after 30 years and handing over to Juno Newman
Ian Lee is leaving after 30 years and handing over to Juno Newman

The oldest barbers in Thame has a new owner for the first time in 30 years.

Ian Lee, 64, began working at Thame Hair on North Road in 1982 before taking over the business in 1984.

He will continue working one day a week but has handed over ownership of the barbers and is looking forward to spending time with his nine-month-old grandson Samuel.

Mr Lee said: “I’m not hanging up my scissors just yet as I will still cut the hair of family and friends.

“But I’ve had a great time, really enjoyed it and some people have been coming in as long as I have been here!”

Mr Lee thanked his wife Marilyn for her support and all of his loyal customers past and present at the barbers, which was established 
in the 1920s.

New owner Juno Newman (pictured), 45, who has worked in Oxford and Burnham, is looking forward to slowly stamping her mark at the barbers which her grandad used.

She said: “I want to keep it very olde-worlde with hot towel shaves and keep it nice and intimate.

“It’s not a chain, it’s an individual experience, with a cobbled pavement outside.

“It’s not just about cutting hair though, it’s about getting to know the customers.

“People want to get used to change but halfway through the year I’ll be looking at a little makeover.

“It’s going to be renamed Sherlock Combs.”