Barber is a cut above with free trims for vets and Armed Forces personnel

Army Cadet Sergeant and Barber Ronnie Eve outside of his Owton Manor Lane barber shop. Picture by FRANK REID
Army Cadet Sergeant and Barber Ronnie Eve outside of his Owton Manor Lane barber shop. Picture by FRANK REID

Veterans and serving personel will cut a fine sight when they joined an Armed Forces parade this weekend thanks to a barber and his team.

Ronnie Eve’s haircutting business spent yesterday offering those who have served or are still in the forces a free haircut to help them look as smart as possible ahead of Saturday’s march on the Headland.

Army Cadet Sergeant and Barber Ronnie Eve outside of his Owton Manor Lane barber shop. Picture by FRANK REID

Army Cadet Sergeant and Barber Ronnie Eve outside of his Owton Manor Lane barber shop. Picture by FRANK REID

The 48-year-old, who lives on The Fens, has been helped by his staff Kirsty Lamb and Stephanie Archer as they trimmed and styled as many as they could during the day, with the business hoping to see at least 100 customers through the door after the business boss posted his offer on Facebook.

As well as a cut, the men, as well as women, were also offered a glass of port as they were pampered.

Ronnie has been a sergeant instructor with Cleveland Army Cadet Force at its Easington Road base for the last 18 months and will be taking part in the parade himself.

He said: “I just thought it would be something to offer and there are veterans out there and people who are serving who might take it up.

The ones who came in thought it was brilliant and couldn’t thank me enough.

Ronnie Eve

“I put it on Facebook and it’s been shared to get the word out.

“The ones who came in thought it was brilliant and couldn’t thank me enough.

“I think it’s a good effort ahead of the weekend.”

Ronnie, who is married to Zoe, 47, and dad to Charlie, 20, has previously worked as a wagon driver, but learned to be a barber after leaving school.

He added: “I didn’t join up myself to the Army, although I wanted to, and that’s why I’ve joined the Army Cadet Force.

“We take kids from 12-and-a-half to 18 and it prepares them if they want to join, so they learn all about field craft, weapon handling, shooting and other training.

“We’ve got almost 50 in Hartlepool, but there’s about 350 across Cleveland.”

The cadets will be joined by a host of veterans and service men and women this weekend at the the Heugh Battery, as well as members of the 8 Rifles.

The event will run from 10.30am to 5pm on Moor Terrace and will feature displays of miliary equipment from the 3 Services past and present.

A miniature assault course will be manned by the Army Cadet Force, while organisations such as SSAFA will be on hand to run stalls and offer information.

The day will culminate with a parade by representatives from D Coy, 8 Rifles, 883 Squadron RLC, Sea, Army and Air Cadets and members of ex-Servicemen’s and women’s associations hopefully being led by the Band of the Durham & Northumberland Air Training Corp Band.

There will be free parking nearby.