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Kerry Seddington: Gentleman's Barber

PUBLISHED: 14:03 31 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:40 20 February 2013

Kerry Seddington's 'space'

Kerry Seddington's 'space'

Kerry Seddington - a gentlemen's barber talks about 'her space'

I love this space. It's full of things I love, starting with the 1940s barber's chairs, down to the stuffed heron, complete with Union Jack-painted case.


My Dagenham train sign comes everywhere with me, along with the huge picture of my family taken in the 1950s. My latest find was a screen covered in pictures of the Royal family, again from the 1940s. My toy push-along dog, again from the '50s, is a huge hit with the children... as well as a mammoth collection of vintage Beanos.


Most days you will find one or both of the dogs (Alice the Bassett and Bear, a mutt) sleeping somewhere - although I would have to say Bear is still in training!


I love flowers, so the outside of the shop is full of them. Two friends who run the Vintage Flower Company filled my '60s dolls' pram with lavender, mint and thyme, while old crates support containers full of peppers and sweet-smelling herbs. In summer, people are confused as to what I do; ladies wander in picking up pieces and asking 'How much?', others walk in with flowers. Fortunately, the girls do sell them.


Apart from my mutts, my customers are most important in 'My Space'.


I love my job and look forward to coming to work. My gentlemen range from 96 right down to nine months. I meet people who I might otherwise never meet; men sailing around the world and another looking to become a brilliant sportsman. And there is little Cooper who is born to fly planes and spaceships.


Some customers even bring me gifts; one local artist, Keith Chapman, painted me a huge set of antlers to go alongside another two sets of the real thing (also a gift from two great loyal friends and customers.


All in all, I am very happy with my space.


I love this space. It's full of things I love, starting with the 1940s barber's chairs, down to the stuffed heron, complete with Union Jack-painted case.


My Dagenham train sign comes everywhere with me, along with the huge picture of my family taken in the 1950s. My latest find was a screen covered in pictures of the Royal family, again from the 1940s. My toy push-along dog, again from the '50s, is a huge hit with the children... as well as a mammoth collection of vintage Beanos.


Most days you will find one or both of the dogs (Alice the Bassett and Bear, a mutt) sleeping somewhere - although I would have to say Bear is still in training!


I love flowers, so the outside of the shop is full of them. Two friends who run the Vintage Flower Company filled my '60s dolls' pram with lavender, mint and thyme, while old crates support containers full of peppers and sweet-smelling herbs. In summer, people are confused as to what I do; ladies wander in picking up pieces and asking 'How much?', others walk in with flowers. Fortunately, the girls do sell them.


Apart from my mutts, my customers are most important in 'My Space'.


I love my job and look forward to coming to work. My gentlemen range from 96 right down to nine months. I meet people who I might otherwise never meet; men sailing around the world and another looking to become a brilliant sportsman. And there is little Cooper who is born to fly planes and spaceships.


Some customers even bring me gifts; one local artist, Keith Chapman, painted me a huge set of antlers to go alongside another two sets of the real thing (also a gift from two great loyal friends and customers.


All in all, I am very happy with my space.

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