Hairdresser steps down after 35 years at Newark salon
A hairdresser is hanging up her scissors after more than three decades at a Newark salon.
Janette Clarke, 65, is the owner of Salon 34 on Appletongate, which she has run for 35 years.
She began her hairdressing career, aged 14, training at Spiers in Stirling, central Scotland.
She later worked in Oxford and Chipping Norton before moving back to Scotland.
Janette moved from Scotland to Newark with her family in 1982 to take over Salon 34 from Pauline Bloomfield.
Hairdresser Helen Atkinsonwas already working at the salon and is still there.
The salon had one trainee stylist when Janette took over and at its peak it had five stylists.
The building attached to the salon was the family home and Janette’s children, Gary and Laura Wood, grew up there.
Janette said: “I enjoyed meeting the people.
“There were clients who became like friends and family to me.
“You hear about all the ups and downs in life and they always call this place their home from home.
“They always knew they would get a cup of tea or coffee even if they were not having their hair done.
“People are still coming in on the same day every week having come in for 34 years.”
'To keep a business running for 35 years is inspirational'
Janette said she would miss her clients and staff.
“It has been my privilege to work with Helen for 34 years,” she said.
The salon has been leased to experienced hairdresser Amanda Ollivere, who trained at Toni And Guy.
Helen will continue to work at the salon alongside Amanda.
Janette said: “I would like to wish Amanda all the best and I want her to have as much pleasure from it as I did.”
She said she was hoping to spend more time travelling and with her family in her retirement.
Janette’s daughter, Laura, said: “Janette came to a small town where everybody knows each other, which is not easy, and moved down here with her mum and dad.
“She raised me and my brother here and made this into her family home
“It is a family-owned business that mum has created over the years and she is upset that she’s had to retire due to ill health.
“Mum will still be coming down here to get her hair done.”
Laura, who is landlady at The Newcastle Arms, said: “To keep a business running for 35 years is inspirational and that is down to her personality.”