Wymondham hairdressers Jacqui Frost and Lesley Bates clock up 70 years of combined service at Marolas

Marolas Hairdressers long serving staff. Jacqui Frost and Lesley Bates. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Marolas Hairdressers long serving staff. Jacqui Frost and Lesley Bates. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

These days it is common for people to chop and change their jobs and even their careers.

Marolas Hairdressers long serving staff. Jacqui Frost and Lesley Bates. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Marolas Hairdressers long serving staff. Jacqui Frost and Lesley Bates. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

But Jacqui Frost, 55, of Wymondham and Lesley Bates, 48, of Dereham have shown they are a cut above the rest - by clocking up an impressive 70 years between them at the same hairdresser.

Owned by Mary Ford, Marolas hairdressers, in Fairland Street, Wymondham is a small business with four members of staff.

Mrs Frost began working at the salon with a Saturday job when she was a teenager.

When she finished secondary school at the age of 15-and-a-half, she began working at the hairdressers full-time - and four decades later, she is still there.


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'I left school on the Friday afternoon and started work on the Monday morning,' Mrs Frost said.

'Mary trained me up - I became her apprentice, she was like a second mum to me. It was just like family.'

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Her colleague Mrs Bates has worked at Marolas for 30 years.

Mrs Bates completed her hairdresser training at King's Lynn College before taking the first job she was offered and started at Marolas,

Although they have never cut the hair of anyone famous during their careers both women have seen many hairstyles come and go.

Mrs Frost said: 'Everyone wants straight hair now. I'm not just a fan of the perm but I'd like to see more volume coming back into style.'

Mrs Bates added: 'I still love doing perms, blow dries and sets, I like the variations.

'Styles change but they always come back in one form or another.'

Asked about working at Marolas, Mrs Bates said: 'It's a lovely atmosphere, very friendly.

'We've seen customers grow up, have children, whole generations of the same family have had their hair cut here.'

Both Mrs Bates and Mrs Frost say that being able to transform someone's look with a new haircut is what they enjoy most about their work and neither plan to hang up their scissors anytime soon.

Mrs Bates said: 'It's a fantastic job, all day chatting to people and transforming them, making people happy.

'I love all the aspects of the job.'

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