Customers make their mark in Bolsover

The owner of Castle Barbers in Bolsover wants people to write on the new bench and leave their mark in history
The owner of Castle Barbers in Bolsover wants people to write on the new bench and leave their mark in history

A barber shop has created a piece of art that belongs to its customers as everyone is going to sign their names on a new bench.

Castle Barbers, on Market Place in Bolsover is welcoming graffiti artists to decorate a new bench in the shop.

Owner Mark Thompson, 42, has been at the shop for nine years and last month had new seating installed.

He said: “It was a bit plain and boring so I decided to let the youngsters write me little messages.

“Now It’s starting to fill up and I love it, it shows the humour and fun side to people in Bolsover.”

Only last month the town was voted as the unhappiest place to live in the UK.

“I wanted to do something a bit different and this is a great talking point in the shop. People are talking to each other and trying to find their friends names.

“Children may not be able to write on furniture at home but here, why not? They are making history. I want it to be like the old school benches that everyone had written on.”

Some of the funnier entries include one boy reminding Mark how he like his hair cut and another from a youngster called Bradley which states he was dragged out of bed at 7am on a Saturday to have his hair cut. In response to that Bradley’s grandad has already written on the bench.

Mark added: “Without wanting to wish time away I am looking forward to when some of these young lads come in with their own children and find the message they wrote many moons ago.”