Ladislao Rodríguez Bonilla, the barber whose shop united the town of Haría, will be commemorated with a statue “before the summer”.
Nicknamed “El Mudo” (the Mute) because he was born profoundly deaf, Ladislao’s was a classic old-fashioned barbers shop – a place where locals would gather to talk and socialise as well as get their hair cut. Ladislao was also a keen sportsman, keeping goal for his local team and training Haría CF, as well as regularly taking to the sandy terrero de lucha as a Canarian wrestler. In 1997 Haría’s football ground was named after him.
Ladislao, 80, worked in his barber’s until earlier this year, surrounded by photos of the footballers, politicians and even a Spanish King and Queen who had visited his little shop. In March he finally closed the doors and retired. His famous chair will be sculpted alongside the statue of him.
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