CELEBRITY hairdresser Lee Stafford was live at Newtown College on Thursday to launch the new Lee Stafford Academy to employers in the local area.

Enthusiastic students were treated to a masterclass by Lee when County Times chief photographer Phil Blagg went along to take a few pictures.

Lee later held a masterclass to hairdressers from across Powys and officially launched the new Lee Stafford Academy of Hairdressing, Barbering & Applied Therapies at Newtown College; the first in Wales.

The event was a ticketed event for industry professionals only.