Winchester hairdresser retires after 50 years in the city

Aubrey Monahan is retiring after more than 50 years cutting hair in the city

Aubrey Monahan is retiring after more than 50 years cutting hair in the city

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A WINCHESTER hairdresser is retiring after more than 50 years in the city.

Aubrey Monahan started cutting hair in Winchester 53 years ago as a 16-year-old apprentice, earning £1 per week for the Andre Bernard firm.

Now Aubrey, 68, and his wife Barbara are selling up their Southgate Street salon, Aubrey at Marcia Gray, to enjoy their retirement.

He said: “With immense regret my wife and I have decided it’s time to retire. I love Winchester and Winchester has been good to me and I have always tried to give something back to the city.”

Aubrey came to Winchester from Ireland aged four, and got his start when his mother paid 100 guineas for his apprenticeship.

He went on to work for Marcia Gray, before taking over her business 35 years ago, working in Parchment Street before he bought his current building.

He said: “We are a bit of an institution in Winchester. I have clients who have been coming here for nearly 50 years on a regular basis. Some of the ladies are bereft that we are closing. “There are other hairdressers out there but coming here is like a social event for them, almost like a club. There’s a family feeling here.”

He added: “Hairstyles have got very casual these days as fashion has always been driven by the young. “We cater to the slightly older lady, what we call ‘the over-21-club’, and we have a niche in the market, we offer something traditional.

“We do a lot of work with rollers; I would say 60 per cent of my business is using rollers and hood dryers, which you don’t see much of anymore.”

Aubrey said he wanted to hand the business over to a young hairdresser, but was unable to find anyone suitable.

The business closes on December 22 and the building has been sold to an interior designer.

Aubrey and Barbara are looking to move to Surrey to be closer to their family.

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6:01pm Thu 13 Dec 12

madmike says...

Enjoy your retirement Aubrey and Barbara. May it be long ,happy and healthy.
Enjoy your retirement Aubrey and Barbara. May it be long ,happy and healthy. madmike
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6:01pm Thu 13 Dec 12

madmike says...

Enjoy your retirement Aubrey and Barbara. May it be long ,happy and healthy.
Enjoy your retirement Aubrey and Barbara. May it be long ,happy and healthy. madmike
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12:06am Sat 15 Dec 12

mrs m ward says...

it was at aubrey at marcia gray that i
had my hair done for my wedding in
1983. i believe my
stylists name was june,and i saw
her regularly until i left winchester.
Very sad day that the place will be
no more,but what an innings.
Many thanks aubrey for your talent
and for a beautiful salon which i will
always remember with fondness.
Best wishes for your retirement.
it was at aubrey at marcia gray that i had my hair done for my wedding in 1983. i believe my stylists name was june,and i saw her regularly until i left winchester. Very sad day that the place will be no more,but what an innings. Many thanks aubrey for your talent and for a beautiful salon which i will always remember with fondness. Best wishes for your retirement. mrs m ward
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