Gory world of the barber surgeon comes back to life in Lynn

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The gory world of the barber surgeon will be brought back to life in King’s Lynn’s Saturday Market Place this September as the fascinating history of traditional trades from that part of town are explored in an exciting event for all the family.

Beer, Barbers and Butchers celebrates a host of traditional trades that were based in the St Margaret’s and St Nicholas Townscape Heritage Initiative area. Some of the trades that have existed in the area over time remain important professions in that vicinity today, especially hairdressing and barbering.

This fun, free, family event features a host of activities including a Barber Shop Quarter performance, local butchers and brewers selling their wares and demonstrating their skills and a display of hairdressing and barbering skills from local salons.

The event will also feature a re-enactment giving an a eye-opening insight into the life of a barber in medieval times, when their easy access to razor sharp blades made them the perfect physician – often charged with amputating limbs as well as cutting hair!

In addition hairdressing and beauty students from the College of West Anglia will be putting on a show exhibiting their ability to create intricate hair and beauty makeovers which show how styles have changed over the ages from Elizabethan times to the swinging sixties.

Beer, Barbers and Butchers takes place on 12 and 13 September from 11am until 5pm. Activities vary each day.

 

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