A former pop star who has opened a hair and beauty salon in Little Sutton has joined a campaign to bring Christmas to her community.
Louise Fudge toured the world and regularly appeared on TV as one third of glamour girl band Supersister who scored a top 20 hit with Coffee in October 2000.
Since then, she has trained as a hairdresser and has just opened up her own salon, Louise Fugde Hair and Beauty, on Chester Road.
But she has been dismayed to see the lack of attention which has been paid to dressing Little Sutton up for Christmas and has joined the Bring Life to Little Sutton campaign in a bid to do something about it.
She said: “I want to bring Christmas to Little Sutton. I just do not understand why there is not a single Christmas decoration in the entire village. The businesses here are thriving and there are so many primary schools but no sign of Christmas.”
Louise said she was keen to use her previous profile as a pop star to bring attention to the issue and will be appearing on BBC Radio Merseyside on Monday to highlight the situation.
The former singer - now Louise Thompson - first gained fame as a beauty queen, regularly appearing at the Miss United Kingdom Pageant in Park Lane London.
She then turned her focus to singing and joined the band Supersister. Signing a million pound record deal in 1999, the group saw the release of Coffee in October 2000 hitting number 13 in the charts.
Touring the world with S Club 7, Westlife, Steps, Five and Hearsay and releasing a further two singles, it finally came to an end after living in Los Angeles in 2002.
She said: “I realised that there was nothing to fall back on. Hairdressing was a passion and something I’d always wanted to do, my background gave me the inspiration to be the best hairdresser possible.
“I learnt quickly what I expected from a salon as my hairdresser was Daniel Galvin in London where all the celebs went.”
Louise set her sights on having the best training possible at the Andrew Collinge Academy in Liverpool.
“I was taught from the beginning what it was like to be an apprentice. Once I was washing hair at the backwash and my song came on, all the staff flocked around me singing my song, it was quite embarrassing!”
Dream of her own salon
Louise’s long term goal was to gain as much experience as possible in order to one day open her own salon. Nicolasjon in Little Sutton and Bromborough gave Louise her break and she spent many happy years with them, after managing their Bromborough salon.
After taking some years out to have her two boys and a big move to Sheffield, she took a position in Sheffield’s leading award winning hair salon Wigs & Warpaint as a style director.
This is where Louise was introduced to Redken Colour and Products. “Redken for me has changed the way we colour hair and if the Kardashians endorse it, then it’s good enough for me.”
Music has never left Louise’s side - only two years ago she performed at Glastonbury with guitar legend Duane Eddy and Sheffield music star Richard Hawley.
“I’ve sang with Richard for years, I did all the backing vocals on his last album that went in at number two in the album charts and I’ll be seeing him in Liverpool next month.”