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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Hairdresser Liz bids fond farewell after 50 years

BOUFFANTS, beehives, back-combing and bobs.

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top team: Elizabeth Taylorson, seated, with, from left: Yvonne Hurley, Doreen Dixon, Debra McLaughlin and Louise Hetherington

By Julie Morgan

For half a century, Whitehaven hairdresser Elizabeth (Liz) Taylorson has transformed the hair of local families.

First picking up her scissors at 13 years old, Liz’s skills have seen her styling her clients through six decades.

Now, to the consternation of her customers, she will be putting away her perm lotions and closing her salon, Elizabeth’s Hairdressers, for the last time on March 22.

“I’ve always wanted to be a hairdresser, I just love it,’’ Liz said. “Even before I left school I was teaching myself. I would have been willing to work for nothing!’’

She started working in the famous Beehive store in 1964, as an apprentice under Margaret Horne, “a great mentor’’, before moving to Claremont. Liz was then a partner at Chez Ann’s hairdressers before owning her own salon, Elizabeth’s, for the past 24 years.

“I enjoy being helpful,” Liz said. “When you are feeling low, having your hair done can be a real tonic. I think to be a good hairdresser you need to be dedicated, work hard and enjoy being with people.”

She has lost count of the number of clients she has helped style over the years. One of her famous customers was Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts in Coronation Street.

“I would like to give a huge thank you to all my customers. I will miss them,’’ Liz said. “I would also like to thank my fantastic staff, Doreen Dixon, Louise Hetherington, Yvonne Hurley and Debra McLaughin, who have been with me for many years. We have had such good times, with many, many laughs.

“Without their friendship and support I wouldn’t have had a business as long.”

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