A NEWLY-qualified hairdresser in South Tyneside has proved she’s a cut above the rest – and made a bit of history at the double.
Fran McGurrell, from Cleadon, has been awarded South Tyneside College’s apprentice of the year award.
The 19-year-old recently completed the third year of her hairdressing apprenticeship, which saw her work four days a week at Partners Hairdressing in Front Street, Cleadon.
Salon boss Terry Harcus is delighted with the former St Wilfrid’s RC School pupil’s achievements.
And it was a case of history repeating itself because Mrs Harcus, from Whitburn, scooped the same award back in 1986.
She said: “I think Fran’s done so well because of all the training at the college and the support she’s had here.
“I received the same award in 1986 and ever since we opened in 1991, Partners has always taken on apprentices from the college.”
Despite Fran being offered a position at the salon, she will soon be moving to Liverpool, where she will be studying on a nail technician’s course and working part-time.
Mrs Harcus said: “Unfortunately for us, Fran is moving, but she goes with a fantastic award and the best possible references.
“I’m sure she’ll be a success in whatever salon is lucky enough to employ her – and she knows she’s always welcome back at Partners.”
Fran added: “I never expected to get the award, all of the other girls knew, but it was a huge shock to me.
“I have really enjoyed my time at Partners and I will miss everyone.
“But I am looking forward to moving to Liverpool, and starting my nail course.”