Hairdresser John hangs up scissors after 50 years

Hairdresser John Scott who is retiring after 50 years and he is seen at his Shiremoor shop with former employee Kathy Wilson who worked for him for 43 years.
Hairdresser John Scott who is retiring after 50 years and he is seen at his Shiremoor shop with former employee Kathy Wilson who worked for him for 43 years.

PENNY Lane there is a barber showing photographs of every head he’s had the pleasure to have known and all the people that come and go, stop and say hello.

Except this is not Penny Lane, it is Alwinton Road in Shiremoor, where hairdresser John Scott is hanging up his scissors after 50 years in the business.

The grandad-of-seven opened John’s Hair and Beauty back in 1963 when he was just 18-years-old.

The final lock of hair was trimmed last Friday, however, as John, 68, was officially sent into his retirement with a party organised by his family, friends and customers.

John, of St Mary’s Avenue, Whitley Bay, said: “Everyone has been so kind. The send-off was unbelievable.

“We had drinks and cakes. It was the end of an era.

“When you have been there that long, clients become more like family and friends.

“It is going to be hard to replace that.”

John was born in Shiremoor on December 10 1944 and lived above the then fruit shop with his father John, mother Nancy and sister Eileen.

His father, who ran the shop for a number of years, encouraged John to make the most of his talent and take up hairdressing so he went on to study an apprenticeship at Douglas Daryl hairdressers in Blackett Street, Newcastle.

Three years later John was fully qualified and he opened his own hairdressers at the back of his father’s shop and the rest, as they say, is history.

Kathy Wilson, 68, worked with John at the hairdressers for over 40 years.

She said: “I myself retired two years ago but still went in one day a week to help out.

“It is a really traditional place and the customers have grown old with us and become friends of ours.

“We even sold fresh eggs at the shop. It was a really friendly and homely place.

“John has been so easy to work with. It has been a pleasure.

“He treats everybody with respect and he is just a happy person.

“He is going to be a big miss, not only for the clients but for others in the area. Everyone knows John.

“He has been a part of the community for years.”

John, who is married to Diane, 63, is now looking forward to relaxing and spending more time with his family and friends.

The father-of-two is also hoping to get out and about more with Monkseaton-based Pheonix Walking Club, of which he is a member.

John said: “My dad got me into hairdressing rather than going into the fruit business.

“I have been doing this for a long time, 50 years now and I think that is quite enough.

“I want to enjoy more time with the grandchildren, family and friends.

“I am a keen walker so I hope to get out more with the walking club,

“I would like to say thank everyone for being such lovely clients over the years and for everything they have done for me.

“I have worked with Kathy for a long time so no doubt we will be in touch again.

“I have so many happy memories and funny stories. It is hard to put into words how much I am going to miss everyone.” The shop will continue to run as a hairdressers under new management.