Three generations leave Steeple Claydon salon

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Three generations of one family have left a village hairdressers, with the retirement of its owner.

Jennifer Collett, who retired last month at the age of 63, took over Hair Flair, in West Street, Stteple Claydon, 33 years ago,.

She said: “It was a going concern but very run down. I built it up to five staff.”

Mrs Collett was born in Tingewick and has lived in Preston Bissett and Buckingham. She and her husband David now live in Beachampton.

She started hairdressing after leaving the Buckingham School at the age of 15, and trained at former Winslow salon Kay of Mayfair and Aylesbury College.

Her daughter Michelle Porter, aged 42, also worked at Hair Flair after training at Arthur’s Radio in Buckingham and Aylesbury College.

And for the last year Mrs Collett has also been joined by granddaughter Eleanor Toombs, aged 16, who is a student at the Royal Latin School.

Mrs Collett said: “I’ve been doing it since I was 15. It was time to let somebody else have it.

“I’m looking forward to retirement. I’ve got a lovely big garden and we like gardening. And we’re looking forward to getting away in our motorhome.”

And she said she was delighted to have sold the business as a going concern.

Mrs Collett said: “It took me two years because I would only sell it with the staff. They’ve been there a long time and they deserve to stay. I’m thankful it’s staying as a hairdressers.”