PROPERTY development will mean the end of an era for a popular Shoreham barbershop and hairdressing salon.
Marshall Hairdressing has been in the family for 60 years but it will have to close its doors on Christmas Eve for the last time.
Graham Marshall took on a little barbershop, on the corner of Gordon Road and Buckingham Road, in 1954 and from there it grew and grew.
Kate Stanley, who has worked there for 30 years, said: “He then took on several rooms above the barbershop, as they became available, which were made into unisex salons with up to about 15 to 18 staff at one point.
“It grew from strength to strength. Graham worked hard to get lots of contracts with boarding schools and hospitals all over Sussex, where a team of his barbers would go out weekly to do haircuts.
“Even shaves were done daily at Southlands Hospital, with many apprentices coming through the doors and Graham training them. Many have continued on in the hairdressing trade to do extremely well.”
Kate said she had had the pleasure of working there for three decades, having started as a Saturday girl.
“My mum used the salon and Graham had mentioned they needed holiday cover and it went from there,” she explained.
Graham died some years ago but his son Clive has continued to run the business successfully.
He said it was quite an emotional time for him and, sadly, it was the end of an era.
Kate added: “We have seen many changes in Shoreham, but our customers have remained loyal throughout,and even when they have moved away and come back, to their delight Marshall’s was always still there.
“I would like to thank Clive and his family, and all our loyal customers for lots of happy memories.
“I am looking forward to continuing on barbering locally, as is Clive for his customers, to keep the continuity going for them as as they have for us over all these years.”
Planning permission was granted by Adur District Council in July for change of use of the ground-floor hairdressers to a one- bedroom flat, and change of use of the first floor to two studio flats, with a single-storey extension to the east side.
The decision was delegated to officers and authorised by planning services manager Gary Peck. The report explains the development site is part of Hyman Hill Estate Agents. The flats will be created to the rear and over the estate agency, which will remain unchanged.