BRIAN Hudson is a cut above the rest in the world of hairdressing.
And despite recently celebrating his 70th birthday, Brian has no intention of hanging up his scissors and razer.
Brian has been a hairdresser for 55 years, 49 of which have been spent on Market Street, Stalybridge.
The journey began aged 15 when Brian began a five-year apprenticeship with Don A Gents hairdressers that was run by father-and-son Jack and Eric Bates.
That involved one day a week at Hollins College to gain a City and Guilds in hairdressing.
Brian left aged 20 to work in Manchester at Kendal Milnes on Deansgate where he was the youngest of a team of 15 hairdressers, learning much from the older and more experienced hairdressers.
As Granada Television studios were just behind the store, he encountered the famous and cut the air of the likes of comedian Tommy Cooper, Halle orchestra conductor Sir John Barbirolli and Manchester City football manager Joe Mercer.
Brian was at Kendal Milnes for two years before accepting an offer to open a ladies’ hairdressers in Oldham.
After a further two years it was back to Stalybridge to open a gents’ hairdressers on Market Street next to the Rose and Crown.
He stayed there for 18 years before selling his shop to the Q bar so they could extend their premises.
Brian moved to the opposite end of Market Street opposite the Old Boars Head pub where he remains.
Looking back over the past half century, Brian says Stalybridge has changed a lot, but it is still a great place.
“There are lots of great people. They sometimes leave, but always come back. I wonder why,” he said.
Visit Brian Hudon Hairdressing Salon at 93 Market Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2AA or call: 0161 304 8552.