NORTHWICH’S oldest established hair salon is celebrating not only the Platinum Jubilee this weekend, but also an amazing 65 years of business.

Sutton Hair Salon in Witton Street is marking the milestone on June 4 and offering its clients a buffet to say thank you for their support over the years.

The business was set up by Joe Sutton in 1957.

Originally based in Timber Lane, Joe moved to 163 Witton Street in the 1960s before relocating to the current property at 134 Witton Street in the 1980s.

Joe, who is now retired but still involved in the business, said of the salon’s 65th anniversary: “We’ve worked hard at it and tried to keep it that way.”

He also praised Cathy Harrison who works in the salon for everything she does for the business.

Cathy said: “I started working as Joe’s apprentice when I was 18 and I’m now 56.

“I had time off when my son was born and then I came back.

“Joe is such a nice man to work for, but we’ve had some really difficult times as well.”

Northwich Guardian: A photograph from the salon's 60th anniversaryA photograph from the salon's 60th anniversary

Cathy used to work in the salon with Joe’s son Dean, but he sadly died at the start of the pandemic on March 26, aged just 57.

Thanks to Cathy and loyal clients, the salon has become a place to remember Dean, with a special memorial to him.

“We had some flowers in the window to remember 12 months since we lost Dean,” Cathy explained.

“I was saving my tips to keep buying flowers and the clients clocked onto it.”

There is now an ornamental birdbath with a plaque in tribute to Dean, to reflect his love of nature and the outdoors.

There is also a memorial patio and wall at the salon to remember him.

“I’ve grown up with Dean, I’ve known him since I was eight years of age,” Cathy added.

“This weekend will be a celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee, our 65 years and a celebration of Dean’s life.”

From 12pm until 4pm on Saturday, June 4, the salon will be open for clients to come together, celebrate and also remember, while serving as a thank you to everyone who has supported the business.

Cathy said: “It’s all for our clients, to say thank you for keeping us in business, because without them coming in, we wouldn’t be here.

“The clients will tell you - you come in here as a client and leave as a friend.”