Horning hairdresser retires after 35 years

A Norfolk hairdresser has hung up her scissors for the last time after working at a hair studio for more than 30 years.

Julie Filby, 64, from Brundall, worked at the Hair and Beauty Studio, in Ferry Road, Horning, for 35 years.

The business will keep trading, but will run under the ownership of Len Funnell, owner of Ferry Marina.

Mrs Filby said: 'I have worked on all hair and beauty treatments across the board.

'We do everything – it is what you have to do in a village.

'I am retiring because it feels like the right time and I am healthy.'

Staff and clients celebrated her last day on Tuesday with bucks fizz and smoked salmon while playing music, including Simply the Best.

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Although Mrs Filby is looking forward to her retirement, she plans to keep as busy as possible.

'I have lots of things on the horizon; I'm not just going to sit down and do nothing. I'm a big craft person.

'I have two daughters and three grandchildren, two are aged four and the other is eight. I plan to spend more time with them when I retire.'

Mrs Filby tried to keep the day happy and upbeat but said she thought there would be tears by the end of the day.

'I will miss work like crazy. I will miss the people. One of the women I employ has worked with me for 30 years.'

Mrs Filby added: 'I have had a great time, everyone has made me feel really welcome. The village has been supportive.

'Life gets tough. I always said to myself that I would stand up here in a zimmer frame, but now is the right time to leave.'

Do you have a story about a community stalwart retiring? Call reporter Lucy Wright on 01603 772495 or email lucy.wright@archant.co.uk

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