A HAIRDRESSER has stepped down after decades in the business, handing it over to her granddaughter.

June Johnston has entered semi-retirement after 30 years and has handed the Reflections hair and beauty salon in Pontybodkin over to her granddaughter Sarah Campbell.

The community came together for the official relaunch of the salon over the weekend and Mair Williams, who was awarded a British Empire Medal four years ago for charity work, came to cut the ribbon as she is a regular at the salon.

Cllr Carolyn Thomas, cabinet member for streetscene and countryside, who helped with the event, said: "June has been a stalwart of the community for many years and a great friend to many, including customers, neighbours and tenants.

"Her loyalty and kindness would be significantly missed if she was to retire completely so I am relieved that she will stay on part-time.

"I am so proud of Sarah, she has overcome meningitis three times throughout her life which has left her with partial hearing but it has not held her back.

"She has inherited her Grandmother's warmth and kindness which makes such a difference when visiting the salon, one of only two remaining public businesses in our rural community."

June, who specialises in glamour styles, has spent many years fundraising through her shop for different charities and volunteered at Deeside hospital where she styled patients hair on her day off.

Throughout the past 30 years, Reflections has been through many transitions, it housed a post office within the local salon in which June was not only a hairdresser but also a postmistress.

Cllr Thomas, who used to work there as a post office clerk, added: "I wish Sarah great success as she takes over Reflections, it is well deserved."