Cries of ‘Surprise, surprise’ greeted Anthony Barnes-Smith, owner of Q Hair and Beauty in Chichester when friends old and new alongside leading lights in the hair and beauty industry came from all over the country to help him celebrate his 70th birthday.
The big QFest event on Sunday, August 23, which also earmarked his 55 years in hairdressing, came as a complete surprise to Anthony who knew nothing about it until he was driven into the wonderful sylvan setting at Eartham Woods.
The woodland glade in West Sussex had been transformed, with a stage, marquees and gazebos, together with a hog roast and barbecue and even an inflatable assault course which provided plenty of fun and hilarity for all.
The morning’s rain clouds cleared and the sun shone through to match the beam on Anthony’s face as he met up with so many people he had met and worked with over the years. Guests sat around on hay bales, listening to great music or dancing to a string of hits from the Sixties through to Swing.
Everyone agreed it was a superb party that paid tribute to Anthony’s remarkable career on the national and international scene – and amazing that while Q managing director Dawn Lawrence was busy organising the event, with lots of effort by the entire Q team, over the past two months or so, she somehow managed to keep it a total secret from the man himself.
“These milestones just keep getting better and better,” said Anthony. “Sharing the celebrations with friends and colleagues was fantastic and it was wonderful to receive so many messages from around the world as well.”
The party demonstrated just how much a group of hairdressers can enjoy themselves and Dawn Lawrence was delighted to have been able to bring them together.
“I was thrilled to see so many of our friends old and new join us in celebrating Anthony’s 70th birthday and 55 years in the industry. Everyone had such an amazing time and the sun shone!
“I was delighted to see many of our friends from Salon Success, Paul Mitchell and Wonderful Life among the guests, helping to make it a really memorable occasion.”
Among the guests who travelled to West Sussex for the party were Simon Tickler and Ken West of 365 Salon Education, Jack Worrall and Zaine Brookes of Wonderful Life, salon owners Enzo and Jeanette Esposito of Enzorosario, Richard John and Otto Ott of Hair Ott.
Q Hair and Beauty is a multi-award winning salon located in the charming city of Chichester. Learn more at www.qhairandbeauty.co.uk