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Lanarkshire pensioner makes the cut to train to become barber

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An Uddingston pensioner is returning to his roots to take up a career in barbering – four decades after first picking up a set of clippers.Refusing to fade away, James Cleland, 66, will train under top barber – Kyle Ross – after joining the latest in-take of students at the Sovereign Grooming Academy in Glasgow.In a varied career, James has sold homes for an estate agent, hit the decks as a DJ, had a spell as a disco dancer in Benidorm, and at one time owned a pub and a café.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Self-employed for the last 30 years, James is now following his dream of putting a mobile hair salon on the road and has signed up to retrain as a barber at Sovereign Grooming's Academy.Sovereign’s intensive course equips students with the qualifications they need to become a barber in 15-weeks.James told Lanarkshire Live: “Some people will wonder why I’m starting out on a new career at 66 but I like to keep busy and I’m definitely not ready to retire.

I might be a pensioner but I can’t sit in the house, it’s just not me. You only have one life – live it.“I had a two-year spell as a barber when I was in my 20s and it has always been a goal of mine to return to the industry.

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