Century of tradition gets cut in Newtongrange

Brian Gardiner, Newtongrange, Third generation hairdresser who is retiring
Brian Gardiner, Newtongrange, Third generation hairdresser who is retiring

This Friday will mark the “end of an era” in Newtongrange when a retiring hairdresser closes his family’s 103 year link with the village.

Brian Gardiner (66), has sold Gardiner’s Hairdressers and will retire on June 28, 103 years after his grandfather Alexander started the shop, and 23 years after his father Joseph retired and left him in charge at Station Road.

He said: “It’s the end of an era. My customers are quite upset. It’s mostly elderly ladies that come here as the majority of hairdressers don’t do shampoo and rollers setting anymore. There is not a demand for it now.

“There is only one or two in the district that still do it.

“The customers are so lovely. They are more friends than clients. It’s all first name terms.

“They are not going to find it easy when we close.”

Read more on this story in the June 20 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.