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3 December 2014, 06:40
North East hairdressers Hooker & Young has been named the UK Salon Of The Year.
The group, which was started by Gary Hooker and Michael Young in Newcastle, now has salons in Darlington, Gosforth, Jesmond, Wynyard and Ponteland.
They beat competition from all of the top luxury hairdressing brands across the country to win the title at a special awards ceremony in London.
Speaking to Capital, Michael said:
"It was all the big giant brands and we were thrilled just to be in the final three.
To win it is incredible.
Little old Hooker & Young from Newcastle! We didn't really expect it!
Although we are regional and we are in the North East, our brand profile and reputation spreads the length and breadth of the country.
The regions are where it's at and we have been recognised, even though we're in the North East."
It's been an extra special week for Gary and Michael, who've been nominated as British Hairdresser of the Year for seven years running.
They've also seen Toni Stephenson from their Darlington salon win North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year.
Their team has already notched up 12 British Hairdressing Awards.