One of Market Rasen’s longest-serving hairdressers made her final cut and set her final roller at her Queen Street shop at the weekend.
Hilda Boast had owned Top Knot Hairdressers in the town for a quarter of a century.
The business began in Union Street and after five years moved to the Queen Street premises.
Now, at the age of 75, Hilda has decided to retire.
“I really don’t know where the time has gone,” said Hilda.
“But it just seemed the right time to go now.
“I would like to thank all my customers who have supported me over the past 25 years.”
Hairdressing for Hilda started as a favour to a neighbour when she was living at Tealby and had a young son to look after.
“She asked me to do her hair for her and thought I had done a good job,” said Hilda, “so she told her friends and things really grew from there.
“My husband, Frank, said I should go to college and train, so I did two years at Grimsby College and then got a job at Audrey’s hairdressers in Market Rasen, where I stayed for seven years.”
After a short break, Hilda decided to rent her own shop, with the help of a legacy from her father, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I have enjoyed my time here and have met some lovely people,” she added.
“I will certainly miss them.”
And Hilda’s clients will also miss her.
“I could have cried when I walked in today when I realised it was the last time I would do it,” said Doris Westman.
“Hilda has always been so welcoming; even when I have been late she hasn’t got cross, just made me a cup of tea.”
And Monica Tolan, who has been with Hilda since she opened, added: “It is not just a hairdressers, it is a social place.
“When you get to the shop you meet people and catch up with them, when you are older you need that.”