'the imjin' magazine Summer 2019 - Page 30

WORD Cut above Military barber celebrates 50 years at Innsworth Alan Goodwin is an Innsworth institution – cutting military haircuts from his barbershop at Imjin Barracks for half a century. And the energetic 70-year-old shows little sign of stopping just yet. “I love it because everybody who comes to sit in my seat is different – and even more so now because of the multinational NATO troops.” He first set up business in 1969, when the camp was still known as ‘RAF Innsworth’. Today, he continues to trim the hair of many of his former air force customers. “They’ve gone from being clients to good friends,” he explains with a smile. Grinning, the proud Welshman adds: “I had a Canadian in this morning and was chatting about the rugby. It’s the same with the French and the Italians, it’s fantastic. I love having a chat with all of them. 30 SUMMER 2019 the imjin Originally from the Rhonda Valleys in Wales, Alan came to the Gloucester area aged ten. “And I meet the wives with the children, which is quite funny because some of the mothers often can’t speak much English. But their little boy has been at school for six months and he’s translating for the mum. I love that as well. After fifty years, he has no plans to retire just yet. “My kids asked me that last night. I’d find it very difficult. I might get somebody in to help, but I enjoy the banter too much.” The smile returns as he adds: “I am just going to mosey along.” @HQARRC Allied Rapid Reaction Corps