FOR the next four weeks razors will be left to gather dust as men across Burton and South Derbyshire showcase their moustache-growing capabilities.
Men will be attempting to go through the whole month without shaving their top lip as part of the Movember challenge, which raises awareness for prostate and testicular cancer.
The event has become more popular with each passing year, with men displaying their abilities with varying degrees of success.
One workplace which is taking on the challenge this year is Bob the Barber, in New Street, Burton.
Not only are the three members of staff taking part themselves, they are also offering free moustache trims throughout the month to fellow Movember entrants.
Manager Robert Criddle, AKA Bob, said: “We’re all doing it, there are three of us taking part.
“We’ve raised money for charity before, but this year we decided we would do Movember.”
Having lost his brother to a serious illness, Mr Criddle likes to do his bit for charity as much as possible.
He said: “My brother died of leukaemia 12 years ago, so we like to give to cancer charities and Movember is a very good cause.”
But with some men blessed with the skill of successfully growing impressive facial hair more than others, there is already a sense of competition among Mr Criddle and fellow barbers Ross Tilley and Daniel Ingley, otherwise known as ‘Bingley’.
In an attempt to keep up with his more esteemed colleagues, Mr Criddle concedes he has resorted to cheating to try and gain an early advantage.
Mr Criddle said: “Mine is pathetic, but I’m trying. I cheated a bit by starting early, but I’m giving it my best shot.
“Ross and Bingley are much better. They will be bringing out the handlebars and everything.”
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