A talented barbering student had two reasons to celebrate after he won a silver medal at a national competition.
Level 3 barbering student Craig Harmen, 24, from Hartlepool, picked up a silver award at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) national finals.
The East Durham College student, who won his award in the Men’s Barbering Cut and Finish category, then discovered he had been promoted at work.
Craig was competing against more than 50 other student barbers from other colleges across the UK.
He qualified for the finals, which took place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, after bagging second place at the North East regional qualifier at the The Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead last month.
After he returned to the North East following his success he found out that he had been promoted to manager at Fellaz, a traditional barber’s shop in Peterlee, where he has worked for the last year.
Craig said: “I was not expecting to win a medal at all. I know people always say that, but it’s true.
“The standard was unbelievable; I couldn’t have picked a winner out of all the entries, the judges must have had a massive job to pick their top four places.
“But when I was called out as second I was absolutely buzzing, it was an amazing feeling.
“When I got back to work the next day I was then told I was being given a promotion to manager of the shop.”
His lecturer, master barber Alison Scattergood, said: “Craig is my superstar!
“He won a second in the City and Guilds UK finals last year, so to add this to his medals is fantastic.
“He’s a really committed and motivated young man with a great work ethic.”