THREE sisters whose dad died suddenly last year have set up a beauty salon in his memory.
Former soldier Sam Southall, 55, of Wolverton Avenue, Bispham, passed away after a heart aneurysm in July last year.
He left daughters, Andria, Kerrie and Vikki, who have now fulfilled their father’s wish by setting up their own business called Gorgeous – the loving term he used to describe them.
Andria, 34, of Penswick Avenue, Anchorsholme, said Mr Southhall, who served with the British Light Infantry for 14 years, had always encouraged his girls to open their own beauty salon.
She added: “My sister Kerrie Fay has worked in hairdressing since she was 14 and dad always told her to set up on her own.
“When he died she thought, life’s too short, and we decided to take the plunge, I’m a trained nail technician and our younger sister Vikki, 32, will be doing spray tans. And we really did want to honour our dad in some way so we named it Gorgeous – he used to say to us “you look gorgeous” with his lovely cheeky grin – so Gorgeous it was – it feels right.”
Despite throwing themselves into the new venture, Andrea revealed the sisters are still recovering from their loss.
She said: “It was very sudden, one day he was complaining of shoulder pains and that night he was admitted to hospital.
“The doctors couldn’t work out what was wrong, they thought it could be a blood clot but my dad didn’t think it was serious enough to wake us in the night.
“His partner phoned us early the next morning to say he was on a ward waiting for tests and two hours later he had died.
“We didn’t get to say goodbye, we were too late and it was a bad time, we were a close family.”
The salon, based on Rossall Road, Cleveleys, will officially open this weekend and open both days from 9am to 6pm.
For information call (01253) 851684.