Fond farewell as landmark Swinton salon closes it doors after 49 years

THE founder of a popular hair salon which became known as the place for a cut, a cuppa and a chat was given a stirring send-off by more than 70 family, friends and customers.

Tudor Rose in Swinton has closed its doors for the final time 49 years after Margaret Rose launched the business.

Margaret’s husband John and daughter Julie Adey have managed the salon on Queen Street alongside her for many years, and joined her at a farewell party at Reeds in Mexborough on Sunday.

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“There were clients and family and at one point the oldies began singing ‘We’ll Meet Again!’ said Julie.

“It was a lovely evening and went really well.”

Margaret and John moved into a house on Queen Street in 1974 and Margaret, having already worked as a hairdresser, started the salon.

Daughter Julie joined the business in 2001 and was quickly trained up, becoming a valuable team member thanks to her modern training and colouring expertise.

Julie said her mum had “learned on the job” and prided herself on a friendly atmosphere.

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“It was somewhere to have your hair done but also for a chat and a cuppa,” she said.

“We’ve tried to make it a nice, welcoming salon.

“We’ve seen births and deaths of clients - people have come as children and turned into mums and grandmas.

“We’ve even had funeral processions stopping outside the salon so we can pay our respects.”

Margaret took a step back from work after suffering a brain haemorrhage and after Julie became a foster parent and John’s health deteriorated, the writing was on the wall.

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Julie said she now planned to be her parents’ full-time carer and the salon will be put up for sale.

“We’ve had messages from old school friends from over 35 years ago saying they’re really sorry to hear the news, but we have to move on,” she said.

Julie and her mum made the headlines over the years - with Margaret crowned Miss South Yorkshire in the early 90s and Julie later placing second.

She said the farewell party had been “fabulous”, adding: “We had people from as far away as Torquay and Bristol.”

Julie said Margaret has been “overwhelmed” with 200 cards, gifts and flowers from family, friends and customers.

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