12: The Barber of Savile

“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.

Lucy Manning’s interview with Dee Coles was filmed in that location.

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.

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