Fifty years on and still going strong – Malcolm Hutchinson has no intention of hanging up his scissors just yet.
Malcolm, 72, has just clocked up half a century of business in Sunderland city centre.
I am not working any more in the shop but I still like to pop in and see the customers. The old timers are still coming in.Malcolm Hutchinson
Although he now plays a less active role in running his Mary Street salon, he is not planning on handing on the business just yet.
“It is one of the longest-established hairdressers in Sunderland still to be in the same hands,” he said.
Malcolm started up in Stockton Road, but it was in 1980 that the move came to the location that was to be the home of the business for the next 35 years.
“We just did gents’ hairdressing in Stockton Road – it was a very small shop,” he said.
“But then we got the chance to buy the freehold on Mary Street and we had enough room to open up the ladies salon.”
Malcolm may no longer be wielding the straighteners himself, but he still takes a keen interest in the business.
“I get in there two or three times a week,” he said.
“I am not working any more in the shop, but I still like to pop in and see the customers.
“The old timers are still coming in.
“At one point we had three shops in Sunderland and one in Gateshead, but now it is just Mary Street.
“I will keep it on – it keeps me out of trouble.
“It’s something to do and I look forward to calling in.”
Malcolm has seen plenty of changes in the city centre and is excited about those to come. “The new college in Park Lane is going to have a hairdressing school – it’s really going to help regenerate the city centre,” he added.