Mo retires after 26 years in business . . .

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AFTER 26 years as proprietor of The Barbers Shop, now at 43 Market Street, Mo Barbour is retiring and the business has been acquired by Dawn Wallace - who began her training with Mo!

Mo said that she opened her hairdresser’s in nearby Chapel Street in 1989, and moved into the present premises, a former Scout hall, as business increased.

She explained: “I’ve always been a hairdresser from the age of 15, and now I’m 62.

“I’ve had a marvellous time, and loved every minute of it. I shall really miss the girls and the customers.”

Although Mo handed over the business to Dawn on Friday, she will stay on until near the end of April to help with continuity. And even then, when she has officially retired: “I’ll always help out if I’m needed, of course!”

In her retirement, Mo will be able to spend more time with her family - husband David, a retired GSK engineer; children Clare, Chris and Joe, as well as four grandchildren. She and David will also be able to indulge in more travelling.

She is delighted that Dawn has acquired the business, a ‘salon baby’ as she put it.

Dawn is married to Grant Baird, farmer at Mains of Dun, and they have a five-year-old son, Wallace.

She trained as a hairdresser and worked for 12 years at the Barbers Shop before going into teaching at Angus College, specialising in photo-make-up and hairdressing.

Dawn said that all the employees, who are mainly full-time, will be retained. Any changes to the working of the business will be minimal, and would involve enhancing rather than dramatically altering.

When the Review called on Friday to chat to Mo and Dawn, Mo was working with members of the final bridal party to visit the salon under her ownership.