For nearly 30 years Morley residents have been getting their hair styled by Vera Harding.
But now, at 68, Vera is retiring from the job she has loved all her life. Her colleagues at VeeJays say they will miss her greatly.
“Everyone who has come to work with Vera has stayed here for a long time,” said Samantha Cook, Vera’s business partner who will be running the buisiness solo from now on. “I have been working with her since I was 16 and so has another one of the girls working here now. She makes it such a lovely environment to work in because she is such a lovely person.”
Vera began hairdressing in 1979 when she was 16, in her home town of Rothwell. She started working at Darios when she first moved to the Morley area, then a few years later she moved across town to her own salon, nearer the town centre, Veejays at Queen Street, where she has built up a loyal base of customers who do not want to see her leave.
Samantha, 39, said: “We have had customers getting really upset that she is leaving, she doesn’t look old enough to be retiring so they can’t understand why she is going.
“Vera has always loved her job and kept working over the retiring age because she didn’t want to leave her customers, she did not want someone who they did not know to come in and take over, which is why I will be running the salon on my own.
“She is such a warm and kind person who we have enjoyed working with all these years.”
Vera will be hanging up her scissors at Veejays this Friday and after her last day in the salon, the other hairdressers, Samantha, Suzi and Jess, are all planning to take Vera out for a meal to celebrate her successful career and say goodbye to their colleague.
The salon based at Queen Street will keep running with Samantha now at the helm from Friday onwards.