Caricature: Grantham barber John Kinnersley

John Kinnersley.

John Kinnersley.

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After 51 years in business as a barber in Grantham, John Kinnersley’s is face many know.

For over half a decade, John, 70, has cut the hair of men in Grantham from his shop in Wharf Road.

Wife Pauline said: “He enjoys every minute of his job. He should have retired five years ago but he’s so passionate about his job.”

He has cut the hair of grandfathers, their sons and their sons, and has a reputation for being a lovely man.

His career as a barber began when he left school in Sleaford at 15 and worked in a barbers in the town. When his boss opened a shop in Grantham John moved to work in it, and went to take over and open his own business in the same Wharf Road premises, where it remains today.

And 51 years on business continues to do well.

Pauline said: “He’s an incredible man, very likeable.”

John has enjoyed many sports over the years, from golf to squash, with walking and bird-watching thrown in.