Fatal Attraction Hair Design in Sudbury marks 30th anniversary with memorial tribute to Arran Tosh
After honing his skills as an accomplished hairdresser, Des Webb was keen to set up his own business in Sudbury.
In 1989, at the age of 21, he established Fatal Attraction Hair Design in North Street Parade, which he financed with money he had saved to relocate abroad.
Without a job lined up, he was unable to obtain a visa to move to Australia, where his family lived, prompting him to focus on his own venture.
“I decided to put everything into opening a shop,” he said.
Inspired by his mother and college tutors, Mr Webb pursued a career in hairdressing.
“It resonated with me,” he said. “I became interested in hairdressing because of the versatility of it.”
His wife, Tracie, first joined the business to take on a weekend position, before turning full-time at the salon.
Married for 23 years, the couple live in Newton Green and have two grown-up sons, Reece and Oly.
In 2004, the business was relocated to a larger site in North Street, which involved renovating a Grade II-listed building.
To mark the salon’s 30th anniversary, a week of events are being staged at the salon between November 22 and 28.
A prize draw will feature a string of goods donated by local businesses, with all proceeds in aid of The Smile of Arran Trust, which is a brain tumour charity set up in memory of Arran Tosh, who died from the disease in 2014 aged 13.
The couple, who are friends of the family, used to babysit Arran as a youngster.
“He was a very special little boy,” said Mr Webb, adding that the charity had particular significance.
“We thought it was perfect because it’s a cause that is very close to our hearts,” he said.
Mr Webb said the couple had been left humbled by the loyalty of their clients over three memorable decades.
“I put all my achievements down to my clients,” he said. “They’re my friends more than anything.”
Praising his dedicated team, Mr Webb added: “I have always felt privileged to have worked with so many great hairdressers.”
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