'A talent gone too early' - Community's tributes to South Shields barber Allan Stone following sudden death

Heartfelt cards and bouquets of flowers have been left outside a South Shields barbershop in memory of much-loved and respected barber Allan Stone.

By Ryan Smith
Saturday, 30th January 2021, 12:45 pm
Updated Saturday, 30th January 2021, 12:47 pm
Tributes have been paid to barber Allan Stone after he died suddenly.
Tributes have been paid to barber Allan Stone after he died suddenly.

Following the sudden death of 46-year-old master barber, the South Tyneside community has come together to pay tribute both on social media and outside his Laygate Lane shop.

Flowers and messages of condolence for Allan’s family have been left Stoney’s Barber Shop – a long-term fixture in South Shields.

Tributes began to appear on Friday, January 29 and have grown within the last 24 hours.

Tributes for Allan Stone have been growing at Stoney's Barber Shop on Laygate Lane in South Shields.

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The team at Crown Hair and Beauty on Sea Winnings Way, where Allan had a chair, left a note and arrangement outside the shop.

It said: “We will all miss you so much. It won’t be a normal work day without you. We loved having you in our little Crown family.”

Many have been paying their respects to Allan, who was also known as Stoney, on the Shields Gazette Facebook page.

Barber Allan Stone.

Sharon Peterson said: “Such sad news, he was always so supportive of our boys and took part in one of my son’s first boxing shows. Always sponsored people, a genuine all-round good guy.”

Customers of Allan also recalled their fond memories. Neil Young added: “I started using him at Westoe Crown when he started up there.

"Was telling him about my son’s football presentation that evening. The next time I went in, he straight away asked how my son’s football presentation went.

"Been going to Stoney’s ever since. What a lovely, decent guy he was.”

Many have left messages paying their respects to Allan and his family.

Lee Underwood paid tribute to Allan’s personality and said: “Absolutely devastated to hear this. He was such a nice lad and a proper laugh, larger than life character.”

In a comment, Kimberley White added: “My heart goes out to his friends and family you were such a lovely lad and will be missed by our family very much, you were well known by everyone in South Shields.

"A talent gone too early.”

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