Mel Blyth, proprietor of Elixir Tattoos on Frederick Avenue, labored proper up till the final minute earlier than the Authorities’s newest Covid restrictions kicked at midnight on Thursday, November 5.
Her effort was impressed by different companies throughout Wearside who labored across the clock in an try and try to put together for a month’s lack of commerce.
Throughout her closing appointment earlier than the four-week closure, Mel managed to complete an enormous tattoo of the Virgin Mary which shaped a part of a religious-themed sleeve for consumer Mick Taggart.
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The 52-year-old mentioned: “I managed to take it to the wire however escaped earlier than midnight!
“It’s very unhappy not to have the ability to go to work for the foreseeable future however I immensely loved tattooing the final piece of the day.
“It took a number of hours and we left a few minutes to midnight – I felt like Cinderella escaping earlier than the clock struck 12!”
Mel hopes to be again at work in a month’s time on Wednesday, December 2, however admitted that she was ‘not holding [her] breath’ for the lockdown to be lifted on time.
With the uncertainty round the potential for the lockdown being prolonged, Mel is now dealing with the prospect of needing to tackle one other job to outlive throughout lockdown.
Mel, who has had the studio for 17 years, mentioned: “As a enterprise proprietor you’re simply beginning to claw issues again [after the first lockdown] so that you’re pondering ‘not once more.’
“It’s simply onerous however everyone is in the identical boat.
“If every part goes to be closed for longer than a month then I’ve no different possibility [to get another job] – every part else nonetheless must be paid and the cash has obtained to come back from someplace.”