Sunderland College opens its own barber shop

Capitol FM presenter Bodg having a quick trim after he had officially opened the new barber shop at City of Sunderland College Hylton Centre on Wednesday. Pictured are Clark Goldsmith (left) and Mark Sowerby manager and lecturer (right).

Capitol FM presenter Bodg having a quick trim after he had officially opened the new barber shop at City of Sunderland College Hylton Centre on Wednesday. Pictured are Clark Goldsmith (left) and Mark Sowerby manager and lecturer (right).

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SUNDERLAND College celebrated the opening of its barber shop with a snip of the ribbon.

The Barbering College threw a party to commemorate the opening of the new salon at the Hylton Centre.

Mark Sowerby, full-time barber and lecturer at the college, said: “There has been barbering at the college for a couple of years, but we’ve moved into a better shop and been rebranded.

“We’re very commercialised now and right in the front of the college.”

The celebration called in Capital FM, which provided entertainment, and the station’s DJ Bodg was there to officially open the salon and cut the ribbon.

The occasion was also marked by raising money for the My New Hair Charity during the opening week.

Mark said: “All week we’ve been doing haircuts for free and asking people to give a donation to the charity.”

Free goody bags were given away and vouchers for local spas and salons.

Mark said his aim is to get more salons involved with the barber shop.

He said: “A lot of salons say students aren’t ‘salon ready’ when they start working so I’m trying to get more salons involved and students ready for work.

“That’s my aim.”

Barber shop student Clark Goldsmith, 17, from Sunderland, won an award for his snipping skills at Sunderland College’s award evening in September.

Mark said: “Clark won the award, then we had a barbering competition and he beat me. I think it was fixed.”