Roger’s salon a cut above ... for 50 years

Roger’s salon a cut above ... for 50 years

HAIR salons sometimes come and go as quickly as styles are in and out of fashion – but not in Mirfield.

Roger’s Hairdressing on Knowl Road celebrates its 50th birthday this month and looks set for another half century.

New apprentice Luke Ainley joins in September to learn the ropes from salon founder Roger Senior.

Now in semi-retirement, Roger, 71, loves the job so much he still works two or three days a week.

He opened the business on Monday, June 29, 1964, aged just 21.

It was a key year in his life, for he had married wife Jean, now 69, and the couple are to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in October.

They have two children, Victoria, 44, and Charles, 34, and four grandchildren.

Roger is to hold a party for customers old and new at the shop on Saturday, June 28.

Now on his fourth generation of customers, he said what keeps people coming back is the banter.

Co-worker Mike Thornhill has served for 47 years, having joined as a 15-year-old trainee in 1967.

The team joke that Mike, 60, is the oldest and longest-serving apprentice in the industry, as Roger has yet to sign his papers!

Phillip Cooling, 44, is still jokingly called the ‘new lad’, despite working there for 24 years.

Roger said: “I still love every minute.

“It’s been an enjoyable career and I’d do it all over again if I could.

“But I couldn’t have done it without the loyalty and support of our customers. I’d like to thank them all.”

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