LYN Boldireff was stunned - she couldn't believe what she was hearing.
The Biloela hairdresser, celebrating 50 years in the business, was on stage at the recent Hair Through The Ages show when it was announced the showcase was dedicated to her.
“I was so floored when they dedicated it to me,” Lyn said.
It was the last shock to her in a night full of surprises for the veteran hair stylist.
Lyn had been backstage when she was called onstage by her boss, Angela Wilkie, and presented with her apprenticeship contract and certificate, 45 years after she qualified.
“I had no idea (that was going to happen).
“I nearly died - I was shaking like a leaf.
“She (Angela) held on to me the whole time - to stop me running off I think,” she said.
“I didn't cry as I didn't want to be a sook.”
Lyn, who is 64, was on stage with eight of her own salon's former employees who had gone on to own their own salons.
“I looked to the left and to the right and thought 'I helped these kids get a career'.
“Fifty years - you don't realise how fast it goes,” she said.
Lyn was keen to start her apprenticeship when she answered an ad in the paper at Warwick in January 1959.
Then only 13, she was told she had to be 14 to leave school.
She returned in October when she was 14, on Tuesday, October 20, with Margo and Jo Abrahams at the Continental Salon.
In her eight years there, she completed her five-year apprenticeship. Lyn moved to Biloela in 1966 and worked for various hairdressers, and married George in 1968.
On April 19, 1970, they opened Mystic Lady Fashions in what is now the Central Telegraph office on Washpool Street. She had 19 apprentices over 23 years, before closing on Christmas Eve, 1993.
“I am so proud of my Mystic ladies and eight of them own or had a salon of their own.
“Three of my Mystic ladies' daughters are now doing hairdressing.
“That's four generations and it makes me so proud that I was able to pass on my craft.”
She is still working part-time.
“The girls all call me 'Spinny Lynnie'.
“I feel like an old mother hen - I've inherited all these teens.”
The showcase included entertaining skits with hairstyles from the '60s through to today and into the future.
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