End of era as popular barber Brian retires after 55 years

IT’S the end of an era as Stalybridge hairdresser Brian Hudson hangs up his scissors and razer for the last time on Saturday, September 29.

The 70-year-old will make his final cut having spent almost the whole of his working life on Market Street.

Brian Hudson

Brian has decided to call it a day so he can spend more time with his daughter Janina and two grandchildren in Spain.

He admitted it is a sad moment, explaining: “It has been emotional.

“I had one man upset as I had cut his hair for 40 years and he asked ‘what would he do?’

“You build up relationships and become friends with customers, 95 per-cent of whom are regulars.”

Brian thanks his customers, not only for their business but support and friendship.

His journey began aged 15 when Brian began a five-year apprenticeship at Don A Gents hairdressers, now Gino’s Hair and Beauty, 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.

As Granada Television studios were just behind the store, he encountered the famous and cut the hair of comedian Tommy Cooper, Halle orchestra conductor Sir John Barbirolli and Manchester City 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 home to Stalybridge – he was born on Castle Hall – 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 has remained.

“I have been hairdressing 55 years and almost 51 of them have been spent on Market Street,” he remarked.

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