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Boyzone singer Shane Lynch helps launch new barbers in Banbridge

Boyzones' Shane Lynch pictured at the opening of The Elk & Clipper 1920's themed Barber Shop with Proprietors Dwaine Smyth and Michael Dowell  � Edward Byrne Photography INBL1431-210EB

Boyzones' Shane Lynch pictured at the opening of The Elk & Clipper 1920's themed Barber Shop with Proprietors Dwaine Smyth and Michael Dowell � Edward Byrne Photography INBL1431-210EB

Banbridge was in the zone as it hosted a well known pop star at the weekend.

Singer Shane Lynch of Irish boyband Boyzone was in town to launch an unusual 1920s themed barber’s shop set in Bridge Street.

Shane has teamed up with two businessmen behind ‘The Elk & Clipper’ concept.

It recently opened in Portadown and plans are in place for further shops across the province.

The Elk & Clipper co-owner Dwaine Smyth who also runs The Meat Cleaver in Portadown, said it was a “super night” with a “large turnout”.

“Shane was there for a couple of hours and he was great, posing for photographs and signing autographs for people,” he explained.

The popstar who also managed a quick visit to local bar. The Imperial, posted a photograph on Twitter writing “Party is on.... #elkandclipper #barbershop the town of #banbridge thanks to all the staff for the hard work....”

Now open for business men can have their crowning glory styled in surroundings that reflect the Gentleman’s Club of the early 20th century.

It has a bar, but simply for décor, as drink will not be on sale, as such.

Explaining how Shane got involved Dwaine said: “I met Shane when he was a judge at the Portadown’s Got Talent contest along with myself.

“We got chatting and he really liked what we were doing, it’s a really quirky concept and that’s just his style.

“We had a few drinks and it went from there - he’s now fully on board.”

While Dwaine will be focusing on the running of the business, co-owner Michael Dowell will be behind the hairdressing side of things.

 

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