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Newlyn man to have locks chopped off for charity thr

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

By Josh Barrie

David Flecknor, with partner Lynda  Coates's dog, El, is preparing to lose his trademark long locks.

David Flecknor, with partner Lynda Coates's dog, El, is preparing to lose his trademark long locks.

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A NEWLYN man who has had long hair since the age of 15 is having it chopped off for charity on the third anniversary of suffering a major stroke.

On Tuesday David Flecknor, 45, will have his locks shaved off at the port's Fisherman's Arms pub to raise money for the Phoenix Stroke Appeal.

His fiancée Lynda Coates, a practice nurse, said David was "knocked for six" just before Christmas in 2010 but has "fought really hard" to get himself together. She said he has undertaken every treatment possible, while continuing to do what he can for others – from volunteering for Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust to doing a sponsored walk.

"It's been horrendous, you just don't expect it, it's always out of the blue," she said.

"But he's been really strong and brave all the way. He's been brilliant."

Mr Flecknor, who before the stroke managed two nursing homes for people with disabilities, will face the clippers at about 8pm. His partner said nobody has seen him without his locks.

"It's been a long time," she said.

"He's 45 now and he's worn it long since 15. His parents said he was born with hair so they've never seen him look any different, grown up."

But she did hope his hair would grow back in time for their Dr Who-themed wedding in April next year.

She suggested he could wear a 'cyber helmet' as part of a costume if not.

On the night there will be a raffle and prizes donated by local businesses.

Although still finding things difficult – David cannot use his right hand – Miss Coates said he was "on the mend" and has been away this week training as a support worker at a nursing home.

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