A FAMILY run barbers in Alva will be celebrating 40 years since it first opened its doors later this week.

Stephen Miller, 59, opened Quick Cut Barbers on Stirling Road on November 26, 1982 and has been a staple of the town ever since.

He had been training as a barber in Alloa before buying and opening his own shop in the early 80s.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Stephen noted a constant sea of change around him in the last four decades he has been in business.

He said: "I've seen a lot of shops come and go but I'm still here.

"I've been very well supported in Alva, the people are fantastic and I'm forever grateful for them."

One of the toughest periods for the barbershop came during the Covid pandemic, which forced Stephen to close twice.

He added: "Covid was a bit scary as we were shut twice for extended periods and we weren't sure if we would ever get back to normal, but we're getting there again.

"The government helped us out with the furlough scheme so we were able to keep going."

Quick Cut Barbers first opened on Cobden Street before moving to the current premises 32 years ago in 1990.

Stephen is joined in the barbers by his son Steven Miller and an apprentice Jamie Harper.

"I'm going to end up leaving Quick Cut to my son when I retire," Stephen adds. "So, Alva is still going to have a barber for many years to come."