The UK's oldest hairdresser, 90-year-old Aughnacloy woman Margaret Sherlock, says she can't wait for the coronavirus restrictions to be lifted so she can get back to snipping and curling in her salon.
Mother-of-two Margaret, who runs Hair By Margaret in the Lancashire town of Chorley, has only ever closed her salon for the births of her children Linda and Adrian and the funeral of her husband, fellow hairdresser Frank.
She opened the salon five years after moving from Aughnacloy to England to work as a nurse.
"I was born near the Tyrone border in Monaghan, less than a mile out of Northern Ireland," she said.
"When I was 15 years old I used to ride my bicycle to Aughnacloy to train to be a hairdresser. I was training at Mrs Nesbitt's Hairdressers on the Main Street. It's not there anymore, it's a supermarket now.
"After spending three years training, I had to find my own work and it was a bit like it is now, there was no work for hairdressers and I found it hard, so I went to train to be a nurse in Omagh.
"I was in the hospital there for four years. I did both hairdressing and nursing in Omagh. You had to work 12-hour shifts and got two full days off. So, I would often be bored on my days off and would do hairdressing for the nurses and I did some of the patients' hair also. I didn't get paid for it, I did it mostly just to pass the time.
"I moved to England in 1951 with my sister Bridget.
"We both got jobs at Eaves Lane Hospital in Chorley. And it was in that town that I met my husband Frank, at a dance. I used to do the nurses' hair there also, and some of the patients, just because I loved hairdressing."
When Margaret's daughter Linda was born in 1956, she opened the salon Hair By Margaret in her front room the day she took her newborn home from hospital.
"And I've been here ever since. A lot of the staff at the hospital would come to me and have their hair done. They were my first customers." Margaret said she initially intended to run the salon until Linda went to school. Her husband Frank trained as a hairdresser in Liverpool and joined her in the salon in 1960, and the business grew.
"I've been here for 64 years in my salon," she added.
"Before coronavirus I had rarely closed. Even the day my son Adrian was born in 1962, I alerted the midwife that I was in labour and she cycled over to the salon, as it was home births in those days. I had time to do the midwife's hair before he was born. I had two days off and then went back to work."
Margaret says her salon is like a community and they have all been there for each other in good times and bad.
"I have a lot of lovely customers," she says.
"I have three generations of families coming to me. Some people who came to me to have their wedding parties' hair done have come to me to get their hair done for their golden anniversary. Some of my clients have been coming to me for 64 years. They come every week. You can set your watch by them. I do all the hairdressing. My daughter Linda also works for me and helps run the business.
"For many of them Hair By Margaret is more like a little community. It's not your typical hairdressers. Especially for people who live on their own, it's the highlight of their week. For some of them, they come to see us on a Friday and they might not see anyone else until their next appointment.
"Some of them come in to me looking miserable, and they go out looking really happy. They meet people they know when they are in with me. They become friends and sometimes they get so friendly they end up going on holiday together. It's a very special place.
"And my clients have become friends to me. If any of them pass away it really upsets me because I've seen them every week for years and I know all about them and their family from doing their hair. If any of them are in hospital we visit them, and if they go into a nursing home, their carers bring them to me.
"When my husband Frank died 12 years ago, they rallied around me and got me through. They are like our family and they are all amazing."
Margaret says she hopes she will soon be able to open her doors again and has no intention of hanging up her tongs.
"I've had to close because of the coronavirus," she continued.
"Linda has been on to the National Hairdressers' Federation about when we can open again. We are hoping for July 4 but we don't know. Loads of clients have been ringing me asking for appointments, but I can't until I get the government go-ahead.
"I can't wait to get back at it. I'm sick and tired of being in the house. I have never had much time to hang about, I've always worked.
"I have no intention of retiring any time soon. Sometimes the customers worry that I will retire, but as long as I can physically go to the salon I'll be there, and my daughter Linda will be there with me."