John Abbott is bringing a traditional barber shop to Fitzroy Street Nanango, opening on Tuesday, December 11.
John Abbott is bringing a traditional barber shop to Fitzroy Street Nanango, opening on Tuesday, December 11. Elaelah Harley

A barber's pursuit of family tradition

NANANGO'S new traditional barber has a strong heritage within the trade.

After opening his new store in Fitzroy St on December 11, John Abbott is excited to get back into the work that his family held so dear.

"I'm getting back to my roots, which was as a single, one-chair barber. I sort of missed it,” he said.

"It's a family tradition. My father started barbering in 1935, and then my older brother was a barber. My brother is now retired and not working anymore.

"I started the trade over Christmas one year in 1969, when my dad said he was thinking about putting on an apprentice. I put my hand up and said that I'd do it, and here we are all these years later.”

Mr Abbott's son also wanted to join the family's trade.

"My son came into the business about 10 years ago, and I trained him as a barber, so it's a bit of a family tradition,” he said.

"My son was pretty excited to get into it. I've actually got a customer who went to my business in Brisbane, who has had his hair cut by all four of us. That's going back over 50 years.”

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