Rothesay salon owner’s 30 years in charge

Clockwise from front centre: Nadia's owner Kate Thornton, Angela Kelcher, Charlette McLachlan, Sheona McCrae and former staff member Margaret Marshall.
Clockwise from front centre: Nadia's owner Kate Thornton, Angela Kelcher, Charlette McLachlan, Sheona McCrae and former staff member Margaret Marshall.

The owner of a Rothesay hair and beauty salon celebrated 30 years at the helm of the business last week.

Kate Thornton actually took over Nadia’s in Bridge Street in July of 1985, but so busy is the peak summer period these days that the anniversary celebrations had to wait for an extra month.

Around the walls of the salon on the celebration day were more than a hundred photographs telling the story of the salon and its staff from 1985 to 2015 - and in particular the fancy-dress charity fund-raising for which it has become well known on Bute.

“Fund-raising has always been a feature of what we do,” Kate said.

“It started in 1988 when we won pallets of Coca-Cola from Wella and donated them to the local slimming club. Then we were asked to raise money for a leukaemia charity because a girl on the island had the condition, and it’s just gone on from there.”

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