A former hairdresser has proved she is more than a match for the boys by winning an award after retraining as a mechanic.
Mary Dewhurst from Chaigley Road, Longridge, spent seven years as a hairdresser at Classic Cut in Goosnargh, before deciding to retrain as a car mechanic.
Mary, 29, said: “I did my sister’s wedding hair and had always enjoyed tinkering with hairstyles so took the decision to train as a hairdresser.
“But when I realised I had gone as high as I could go in that salon, I went to tinker with engines instead.”
Mary won the Centre Apprentice Award during her studies at Blackburn College and now works in her dad’s garage, R Dewhurst Motoring on Christian Road in Preston.
Mary said: “My dad has three daughters and my two older sisters were never interested in joining the family business so it’s nice to be able to carry it on when dad eventually retires.
“It is funny when some people come in the garage and see me working here.
“There have been a couple who don’t like to speak to me about their car and will go over to the blokes for a second opinion but 90 per cent of the customers will listen to me so it’s not that bad.”
And Mary says being a mechanic is easier than being a hairdresser - especially when it comes to deciding what to wear each morning.
She said: “I wouldn’t describe myself as a girly girl but I’m not much of a tomboy either. I do like getting my hands dirty and not worrying about what to wear.”
eing a mechanic is as much hard work as being a hairdresser but in a different way.
“The girls at the salon were surprised I hadn’t left to do this job sooner than I did.”
Mary now plans to start a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.