Ball bounces into town

Comedian Bobby Ball visits Leigh to officially open Charlie's Hair and Beauty Salon, Railway Road, Leigh, which is a joint business venture owned by, from left, Katie Grimes, Julie Turton and Bobby's granddaughter beautician Bethany Harper, right.
Comedian Bobby Ball visits Leigh to officially open Charlie's Hair and Beauty Salon, Railway Road, Leigh, which is a joint business venture owned by, from left, Katie Grimes, Julie Turton and Bobby's granddaughter beautician Bethany Harper, right.
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A TV comedy star couldn’t turn down a request from ‘the apple of his eye’ to open a new business venture.

But there were no twanging braces or cries of ‘Rock on Tommy!’ when the loveable comedian Bobby Ball – one half of the famous comedy duo Cannon and Ball – officially opened Charlie’s Hair and Beauty in Leigh.

Actor Bobby broke off rehearsals for the TV comedy drama Mount Pleasant to officially open the new salon in Railway Road, Leigh, at the request of grandaughter Bethany Harper.

Bobby’s son and Bethany’s dad, Rob Harper, who lives in Leigh, said: “She’s the apple of his eye and he dropped everything to come along when she asked him to open the salon.”

Eighteen-year-old beautician, Bethany has a special bond with her grandad, being his first grandaughter although she is happy to share his affection with a younger cousin now, and he was delighted to do the honours.

He told Bethany: “I wish you all the luck in the world and hope it works out for you.”

Bobby also took the chance to have a trim while he was there and then sat compliantly while Bethany demonstrated her skill with a makeover.

The salon itself is a family affair – Bethany is working with her aunties Katie Grimes and Julie Turton, both hair stylists.

Katie, 31, used to work at 5th Avenue while Julie, 40, and Bethany used to be mobile operators.

The three decided to set up in business together with the support of Katie’s father-in-law, Dennis Smith of D Smith Autos of Leigh who provided financial backing.

Katie said: “We are very grateful to Bethany’s grandad for taking the time to come and officially open the salon.

“We named it after our Dad, and Bethany’s other grandad who died of cancer, and it’s our first venture together.

“It’s something we always wanted to do and now the children are at school full time seemed the perfect time thanks to my father-in-law.

“And there’s nothing better than working with family.”

And Bethany added: “My grandad would do anything for me, we are very close.

“He didn’t mind breaking off from rehearsals for Mount Pleasant to come and he even let me put make-up on him after he’d had a trim!”