TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Taunton hairdresser who passed away at 93.

June Willetts passed away at the age of 93 at Musgrove Park Hospital on Sunday, February 18.

She was at the Combers Salon since 1982 based on its present home of the Courtyard St James Street.

Somerset County Gazette:

Simon Willetts, June’s son and director at Combers, said: “She was a popular character of the Taunton town community.

“She could often be seen walking and lately pushing her walker through the town with her trademark flash of pink hair.

“She was a proud mother, grandmother, homemaker, and former hairdresser.

"She was not just a constant in my life but a constant in the salon, being one of our first guest and stylist assistants.

“She was often requested by guests for one of her vigorous and passionate head massages."

June lived in West Africa where her husband then a Director at CJ Clarks, was running their operation in Ghana, which was called, "The happy Shoe Company".

Simon also said: “Her passion was people, walking, partying, and nature.

“She was never one to sit down and watch TV.

“We have had many messages of condolence from Combers team members, past and present and they all have many 'June' Stories."

“She was a familiar face in Taunton, with a joy and exuberance for life and lately with pink hair, her grandson, Cameron’s idea.

“She joined many professional ladies clubs and singles clubs and once met, everyone remembered June.”

June's Funeral Service will take place at St James’s Church on Wednesday, March 13 at 3pm.

Family flowers only, but donations if desired are being received in June's honour for The Brain Tumour Charity - James Willetts Fund - for which June was a patron after losing her Grandson James to Brain Cancer in 2015 aged 18.