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Bob along to Nigels Cutting Shop on historic Town Hall Street

Town Hall Street is home to some of Blackburn’s newest and longest established businesses and also Blackburn’s restored majestic central library building.

Nigel Womack, who comes from a long line of hairdressers, opened his business in 1974 after discovering “an affinity with a pair of scissors”. He opened his first salon in Cherry Tree.

Others followed until he moved into Blackburn centre, taking over his current property from Red or Dead boss Wayne Hemingway. The business has gone from strength to strength.

Nigel was the first crimper in the town to master the precision cut “Vidal Sassoon bob” in the eighties and he’s never looked back since.

“Lads in hairdressing were a bit unusual in those days,” he says. “I’d wear kaftans, sandals and loons and that look didn’t fit with joining the police force, which was my other ambition. I found my hands fitted a pair of scissors perfectly. I’m glad I took that option because as a policeman I’d have been letting everyone off.”

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