Hairdresser opens up barber’s shop in Leyland pub

A CUT ABOVE: Frank Collinson at the Fox & Lion
A CUT ABOVE: Frank Collinson at the Fox & Lion
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Frank Collinson is putting the bar into barbers by bringing gents’ hairdressing to a Lancashire pub.

The Fox and Lion in Leyland is proving to be a cut above the rest, offering punters a trim alongside their pint.

The Fox and Lion pub, Towngate, Leyland

The Fox and Lion pub, Towngate, Leyland

The idea snowballed after the 49-year-old began searching for a new premises and he was offered a room in the pub – as a joke.

“He is well-liked in Leyland and he is one of the locals”, explained landlady Alison Sharples.

“It started as a joke. I said to him one night: ‘You could always come and use that front room’, and it’s stemmed from there.”

Fast Frank the City Gent has now been up and running for a week and is already pulling in crowds.

Frank, who lives in Leyland, said: “My lease came up on the shop – The City Gent – in Deepdale Road in August.

“My family had been there for 50 years but it just wasn’t viable.”

Alison made the suggestion to Frank about setting up a business in the pub and he said: “There’s certainly not one around here.

“And it’s my local, so it’s home from home. She hinted at it and forgot about it and I just grabbed hold of it.

“Eventually I had to do it because I wasn’t making any money.

“We sorted it out with the area manager and it is up and running.”

Frank has taken over a small pool room in the pub, which he is transforming into a salon.

He said: “It seemed to fall into place, so that’s how it came about.”

Frank said the new business was going well, so far.

He said: “I love my job, but as a one-man band it doesn’t pay. But it should work.

“We are a family full of gentlemen’s hairdressers.”