Award-winning Norfolk barber is a cut above the rest

King's Lynn's Yucel Olmezkaya has been crowned the East of England champion in a national competitio

King's Lynn's Yucel Olmezkaya has been crowned the East of England champion in a national competition to find Britain’s best wet shaving barber. Picture: Courtesy of Bluebeards Revenge - Credit: Bluebeards Revenge

A Norfolk barber beat off razor sharp competition to win a place in the finals of a national competition.

Yucel Olmezkaya, formerly from Gould Barbers in Gaywood, King's Lynn, was crowned the East of England regional winner at the Britain's Best Shave 2018 competition.

Mr Olmezkaya will now go on to compete in the national final against seven other top barbers from across the country.

He said: 'Barbering and wet shaving is a big thing in my country, which is Turkey. It's a part of our lifestyle to go to the barber for a haircut and shave and socialise with a nice glass of Turkish tea.'

After a spell away from the trade, Mr Olmezkaya, who won the British Barbers Association People's Choice Award in 2016 and 2017, has gone back to barbering with renewed enthusiasm.

He added: 'I got back to barbering in the UK back in 2013 when my friend – and current boss - opened his first shop. Now, I am the manager of the third shop.'