SUCCESS: Yucel Olmezkaya is a finalist in Britain’s Best Wet Shaving Barber competitionPicture: Tony Jones

A KING’S Lynn barber gives the best shave in the East of England – it’s official.

Yucel Olmezkaya, who works at Gould Barbers at Tesco on Hardwick Road, won the regional heat of the competition and will now go on to compete for the national title in a boxing ring at the NEC on May 21.

Mr Olmezkaya learnt his trade in his  teens in his native Turkey where most men go to the barbers for a shave.

He said: “In Turkey it is rare for people to shave at home. Barbers open really early in the morning and people have a shave before work.

“Here it’s more of a luxury but we are trying to promote it as part of male grooming.”

During the competition participants were judged on their pre-shave preparation, razor technique, close shave, hygiene and health and safety.

Mr Olmezkaya said he was feeling confident about the final, where the winner will be crowned Britain’s Best Wet Shaving Barber, receive £500 of grooming products and will have a promotional video produced.