Last chop for Ballina hairdresser
GEORGE Morgan couldn't tell you how many jokes he has heard in his time as a hairdresser, or how many he has told.
That's because George could not tell you how many men's locks he has cut in a career that lasted 62 years and five months.
Just before Christmas, George took down the barber pole outside his home on the corner of Martin and Bentinck Sts, and closed the shop doors for the last time.
The 77-year-old said it was ill health that led to his retirement and he will miss his work.
"It was life. I've done nothing else," he said.
"I've enjoyed it. I love the people and I love talking to people."
George has cut hair from his Ballina home for the past 30 years.
He began his apprenticeship when he was 14-and-a-half at Casino.
He went on to work in a barber shop in Lismore, then bought his own business before returning to Casino.
It was 40 years ago when he bought a unisex salon in River St, Ballina, called Hair Moods - the shop is still a hairdressing salon called Philip Johns.
He returned to Lismore briefly before opening up his home business.
George's barber shop is somewhat of a museum, too, with his chair being about 70 years old, and a mini strop older than he is.
He will keep his barber shop set up so he can still cut his wife's hair, his children's hair and his grandchildren's hair.