Hairdresser Ken Rocks In Blackpool

Sun, 2001-06-24 01:00

Silver Medalist Ken Ball with (L to R) Lisa Stoker, Julie Williams and Donna Slater

A student from East Durham College has recently won a silver medal at a prestigious national hairdressing competition.

Level 3 Barbering student Ken Ball, aged 44, from Consett, who studies at the College’s Peterlee Campus, achieved second place in the fiercely contended 'Men's Alternative' category at the AHT (The Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) National Finals.

The AHT Final is held every year at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens and sees the cream of the UK’s hairdressing, barbering and beauty college students compete for top honours.

Part-time student Ken, who works at Nuts Barbers in Consett and is also a District Commander with Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue, worked closely with his lecturer Julie Williams in putting together an amazing look for his entry.

Julie said: “Ken’s work was amazing and the silver was a wonderful achievement. His styling on model Ben Anderson, who is also a student at college, left the Winter Gardens audience gobsmacked and drooling!!

“All the students involved did so well to get there and produced some amazing work, competing against other college students from across the rest of the UK.”

Another student to shine was Lisa Stoker, aged 30 from Peterlee, who grabbed fourth spot in the ‘Ladies Avant Garde’ category, only three points off second place.

Other members of the County Durham-based College team put in very good performances such as Donna Slater, who was fourth at the regional heats, but narrowly missed out on the places at Blackpool.

Julie’s boss Simon Smith added: “Ken, Julie, Lisa and Donna deserve a great deal of recognition and credit for all their effort and hard work, it's an amazing success.

“It was a really high standard, as always, and an amazing event to be a part of, there were over 2,000 people there. I’m delighted with the performance of the whole team; students and staff.”

Ken and Lisa were part of a 30 strong team from the College that competed in a range of competition categories against hundreds of other students from over 50 colleges across England, Scotland and Wales.