30 years of style at City of Glasgow College

Hairdressing students at City of Glasgow College’s Amethyst training rooms benefit from a regular and loyal client base.

One particularly dedicated customer is Wilma McCallum, who has just celebrated her 92nd birthday and has been coming to the college to have her hair done for 30 years.

She originally attended the training salon at Glasgow Central, City of Glasgow College’s legacy college, before City campus opened.

Wilma worked in Glasgow as an accountant initially with the TSB. She then moved to Bradford Bakers and retired from there aged 70. However, Bradford’s asked her to return, which she did. She tried to retire again at 80 but again the bakery asked her to stay. She finally retired at 85 years old.

“The college is handy for me, it’s on my bus route,” explained Wilma. “I enjoy the company, the students and lecturers are so friendly.”

Her daughter, Wendy Malarky, now brings her mum into the college, and said:

“The college, the students and lecturers, are like a community for her. She’s slowed down a bit recently but is still coming in at least three times a week to get a shampoo and set, and a perm every three months. She loves the attention, she’s a real diva.”

Christine Mcdowel, Lecturer, Hairdressing and Make-Up Artistry, City of Glasgow College, said:

"Wilma is one of our most loyal and well-loved clients. She is such a character and very much part of our college family. Our students enjoy her company, and they benefit from the experience of working with someone of her generation. We look forward to many more years of Wilma keeping us on our toes."