• Barry McDonald, 43, events organiser, Stirling Growing up you never had red-haired role models, only Boris Becker but there were no really famous red heads. I had long red hair but starting going bald in my early 20s so shaved it off. When I lost my hair I was like Samson all my powers gone! I didn't know I would go bald, my dad said its meant to skip a generation so I went to him and said “I thought you said it skips a generation, you liar!”

    You got the usual jibes-“ginger top, carrot nose, pull the plug and away he goes” which didn’t make any sense but no one likes to be made fun of. Occasionally I grow a big red beard but Ruth [wife] refuses to speak to me until I shave it.

    I don’t mind losing my hair. I had a great colour but terrible style. In my dreams I have hair. A full head of hair! I am going for a night out in my dreams so I think about what I am going to wear. Some people dream about family members, I dream about hair. Sometimes I feel it but then I wake up and want to go back to sleep!

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