Richmond hairdresser celebrates 50 years in trade

From left, Lesley Duncan with Richmond mayor Lorraine Hodgson.

A Richmond hairdresser is celebrating 50 years in the industry.

Lesley Duncan, has run Capelli Hairdressing, in Castle Hill, with sister Jacqueline Pitman, for the last 28 years.

The former St Francis Xavier pupil started work as an apprentice just after her 15th birthday.

Lesley, who also celebrated her 65th birthday yesterday, said she needed to pay a £25 indenture when she started and had to borrow the money off her nana.

Since reopening after restrictions were eased, the shop has been very busy with regular customers looking for a post-lockdown cut.

“It’s been absolutely crazy — we’ve been working until 7pm and all the staff have been working extra hours.”

Asked how long she planned to continue cutting hair, Lesley said: “If Audrey off Coronation Street can still work then so can I.

“Besides I can’t claim my pension until I’m 66!”

Richmond mayor Lorraine Hodgson visited the shop on Tuesday to present Lesley with a bunch of flowers to mark her 50th anniversary.

Marcia McLuckie, chair of Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association, also congratulated Lesley on the long service.

She said: “Congratulations from all of your friends and colleagues in the business association and thank you for running your successful business in Richmond for so long and being part of the business community and the association for many, many years.”


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  1. Well done Lesley Oh how the years have passed by so fast only seems like a short time ago was it Dorothy Lesters in Frenchgate or Georgian House when you were doing my hair Congratulations on achieving this milestone and best wishes for the future.
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