Holbeach hairdresser retires after 57 years

Joyce Parker with Heidi Gravening who is carrying on business
Joyce Parker with Heidi Gravening who is carrying on business
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Joyce Parker, 72, of Holbeach, has finally decided to call it quits after 57 years of hairdressing and will retire from her long career.

Joyce has been at the Kasha Hair Salon on Holbeach High Stree for 42 years and friend and colleague Heidi Gravening has been there with her for the last 12 years.

Joyce said: “I’m quite happy to leave the business to Heidi because she is very good at her job and so efficient.”

“I’ve decided to retire because over the last year or so I’ve been thinking that maybe it better to slow down a bit now I’m getting older and I can have more time to do the things I want to.”

Joyce began her hairdresing by working for her sister in Kings Lynn, who owned both a salon in Holbeach and in Kings Lynn. Her sister then decided to sell the one in Holbeach which Joyce bought and became an independant hairdresser.

“I know so many people around here now so I feel like part of Holbeach, some people are very sad I’m retiring but they know Heidi so it’s not like they’ll have a stranger start coming in to cut their hair.”

Since her customers found out about her planned retirement, Joyce has received many cards, and she also has a cake that she shares out to her customers at the shop.

Now Joyce says she has to decide what to do with all her free time she’s going to have.

She said: “I will be able to spend more time with my children, I have a son and a daughter, and my grandchildren and maybe take up my old hobbies, I used to do lots of arts and crafts.”

Joyce will leave the Kasha Hair Salon to Heidi to run who wil give the salon a more modern upgrade.

Joyce plans to spend time away with her husband after her official retirement and she said: “I would just like to thank all my customers over the years and also give Heidi my best wishes runnig the business in the future.”

Heidi has also received good luck cards for her challenges ahead of running the salon.