The name "Fred the Barber" is one of the old Margate characters that will ring a bell with many older readers. He was a one off in every sense, as most barbers while they cut your hair would engage in bit of general chit chat Fred would preach the word of God. This earned him the nickname " Holy Joe" amongst us kids . My memories are the plank of wood that was placed on the arms of his barbers chair for children to sit on who were to small for the mirror and if you were good you always received some fruit salads or blackjacks as a reward.
This article from the Margate Historical Society archives by Chris Sandwell is a fitting tribute to an old Margate Character.