“Dee, who works as a barber, never married.”
– The Mirror
A barber – according to the Oxford English Dictionary – is “a person who cuts men’s hair and shaves or trims beards as an occupation.”
That that person is almost always male is a given, but there is no real reason why this should be the case; a novel & unconventional occupation for a female, certainly, but let us applaud this rejection of pointless gender stereotyping.
Of course, it may have been an occupation that was assigned to her rather than one chosen by her – a faithful following in the footsteps of he-whose-name-must-never-be-mentioned: pater Coles.
Regardless, what interests us here is not the interior of Dee Coles’ barbershop – nor the unglamorous tasks carried out therein – but what lay out there, glimpsed through the condensation-laden windows, out there, directly across the street…
A second chance! An opportunity! A new start!
What Coles could see would come to play a significant role in her life during the years that preceeded her claim of having been a victim of Jimmy Savile.
That Manning did not mention Coles’ career as a barber is understandable; neglecting to mention Coles’ parallel career was a cynical and deliberate act of deception.