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South Shields students’ close shave for Newcastle Falcons rugby stars

HAIR GOES ... Newcastle Falcons stars James Fitzpatrick, Mark Wilson, Warren Fury and Matt Thompson with Allan Stone and Donna Easton at the college hair salon.

HAIR GOES ... Newcastle Falcons stars James Fitzpatrick, Mark Wilson, Warren Fury and Matt Thompson with Allan Stone and Donna Easton at the college hair salon.

NEWCASTLE Falcons rugby stars gave students at South Tyneside College the chance to show they are a cut above the rest.

James Fitzpatrick, Mark Wilson, Warren Fury and Matt Thompson called in at the South Shields college for the launch of a new barber’s shop offering the cleanest of shaves.

The quartet took a break from duty with the Aviva Premiership side to indulge in a spot of male pampering at the college’s new Men’s Trends hair salon.

The 14-seat salon offers Turkish shaves and facial massages as well as haircuts.

The players were there to allow students to shave off facial hair they grew to raise £748 for the Movember charity appeal.

The salon has been created to expand the range of learning facilities available for hairdressing students at the college’s Westoe Campus, in St George’s Avenue.

Hairdressing lecturer Tracey Thompson said: “They had clearly let their hair down for Movember, and it’s great that they chose to come here for a bit of pampering at the end of it.

“I think they really enjoyed being able to relax and be taken care of while seeing for themselves what a great training facility we have.”

She added: “We knew we would have to open a new salon for barbering to cope with demand.

“Employers who have taken on apprentice hairdressers were telling us they wanted somewhere where they could send them for specific training.” About 45 females and one male learner have started the college’s first full-time barbering course, but tutors expect an influx of boys to take up the challenge next year.

The new programme is run by full-time barbering lecturer Donna Easton and Allan Stone, boss of a hair salon at Laygate in South Shields.

Allan said: “I’ve been cutting hair since I was 15, and I’m really excited by this new challenge and by the excellent facilities at the college.

“Students can find the transition from the classroom to the salon difficult.

“They’ve mainly worked on model heads which obviously don’t move or talk.

“They can be nervous when having to deal with real customers.”

People can drop in at Men’s Trends to indulge in a treatment for just £1, with no appointment needed, at various times throughout the week, including 5pm to 8pm on Mondays.

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