Death of cheerful hairdresser Coral who battled the Whyteleafe floods


THE funeral will take place at St Lukes Church, Whyteleafe, on August 29 (11.30am) of a former hairdresser who was a cheerful, loving stalwart of the community.

Coral Algar born in 1930 in Godstone Road Whyteleafe, where her grandmother had opened a tea room, died at her daughter’s home in Ukcfield, Sussex.
Coral, an only child, attended Maple Road School from 1935 and later the Caterham Valley County School in Caterham Valley . Coral had been at the same school as her husband, Ken Algar, from the age of 12.

Her father, Edward Clarke, sent 36 years at sea and was invested by King George VI with an MBE for devotion to duty during the many air and E boat attacks of the Atlantic convoy runs of the Second World War. Each year Coral had been invited to take part in a Naval service in London where she wore her father’s medal with pride. This honour will be continued by her surviving children.

After the war ended Coral, who had been taking dancing, tap and ballet classes at Miss Harrison’s School of Dancing in Purley, took part in concert parties to entertain the public. Coral’s daughter, Jan also attended the same dancing shcool under the instruction the same teacher! Coral also joined the St John Ambulance .

At the age of 16 Coral declined an offer to go to the Redhill Technical College and, with the help of the headmaster, was accepted at the Barrett School of Hairdressing in London.

She opened her own hair salon at 84 Godstone Road . The business began to thrive and all went well for the next 40 years until Christmas 2000 when the flooding of the Bourne River , which normally flowed as a trickle at the rear of the premises, caused chaos to the shops and dwellings in the Godstone Road. Coral had to close the shop for six months but in the meantime took her hairdressing services to the homes of her clients. When Coral finally retired in 2010, the salon was returned to its original usage as a house.

In 1964 Ken and Coral- they married in Whyteleafe in 1949- bought a house in Hillbury Road, Warlingham.

Sadly Ken died in 2004 and Coral carried on with her business until she finally retired aged 80! To mark her reitirement, she accepted a glider flight at Kenley Airfield from one of her devoted staff. She had flown many times in her life because Ken obtained hi private pilot’s licence when he was 50 years and they flew to various locations in the UK and France until his retirement when he was 70.

Coral regularly attended St Lukes Church and also enjoyed many theatre trips, holidays and cruises with friends and family.

Coral is succeeded by her three children , two grandchildren and four great grandchildren .

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