Legendary Sunderland keeper turns hairdresser for the day

Sunderland FA Cup hero shaves Beth Armstrong's hair off for charity.
Sunderland FA Cup hero shaves Beth Armstrong's hair off for charity.
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IT was a hair-raising experience for a Wearside stylist who had her head shaved by a former football star.

FA Cup hero Jimmy Montgomery agreed to turn his hand to hairdressing to help Beth Armstrong raise cash for Macmillan Cancer charity.

Beth, 20, is a stylist in her aunt, Sue Greener’s, East Herrington salon, The Crescent Hair and Beauty, and decided she wanted to have her hair shaved off for charity.

Sue’s dad and Beth’s granddad, James Greener, was just 57 when he died from lung cancer 12 years ago and because of the care and support he and his family received from Macmillan nurses, she decided to choose to donate sponsor money to them.

Beth said: “Jimmy is a customer in the shop, so we asked him if he would do it.

“On the day he said he couldn’t believe he was shaving my hair off, but we had a good laugh about it.”

Beth, who lives at Hendon, said she was really grateful to Jimmy for agreeing to carry out the head shave and was thrilled that she raised £650 for the charity.

She said: “I didn’t realise I had made anything like that until we collected all the sponsorship in and counted it all up, I was really over the moon with it.”

Sue, 51, said all the customers in the shop, family and friends were very generous and they even went along to a nearby pub, The Hunter’s Lodge, and got people in there to sponsor the event as well.

The salon owner said: “My dad was really fit and then all of a sudden he became ill and died after about six weeks.

“The Macmillan nurses went to the house to help care for him and they are absolutely amazing and do a fantastic job.”