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Halstead pair relieved at lucky escape after car collides with Sheer Creations hair salon


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


A car collided with the front of a business unit in Halstead. The front of the unit was severely damaged during the incident. A temporary unit has been fitted. The business unit is jointly occupied by Sheer Creations hairdressing salon and Retroformers toy store. Pictured owners Jon Farenden and Danni Pickering...Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6856904)
A car collided with the front of a business unit in Halstead. The front of the unit was severely damaged during the incident. A temporary unit has been fitted. The business unit is jointly occupied by Sheer Creations hairdressing salon and Retroformers toy store. Pictured owners Jon Farenden and Danni Pickering...Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6856904)

A hairdresser is counting her blessings after a car collided with her business – moments after she left.

Danni Pickering, who runs Sheer Creations in Parsonage Street, Halstead, closed the hair salon, just 20 minutes before the incident last week.

“I do believe in fate,” said Ms Pickering, who shut the salon early when an appointment was cancelled.

“Technically, I should have been there,” said the 35-year-old, who was thankful that the store was vacant at the time.

“The shock hit me and I was very shaken. You just don’t expect it to happen.”

The business unit, which is jointly shared with Retro Formers toy store, had been vacant at the time.

Jon Farenden, who runs the business with Andrew Fenner, closed the store that morning to attend a hospital appointment.

“My first concern was that someone could have been hurt,” said the 34-year-old.

“Luckily, no-one was inside. If anybody had been, it could have been a lot worse.”

Mr Farenden said he was relieved that both businesses were able to continue trading, but raised concerns over the impact the repair work may have.

“The only worry is how long we will have to close when the new unit is fitted,” he said.

Both business owners had initially feared that the damage would mean having to close for more than a week, but the units were reopened three days later.

The front of the building is due to be refitted, while part of the wall will have to be rebuilt.



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