UK triumphs in World Beard and Moustache Championships

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Hirsute men from around the world gathered for the bi-annual World Beard and Moustache Championships on Saturday, held for the first time in Britain since its inception in 1990, with the UK taking top honours in three events. Our bearded boys managed first place in the Natural Moustache, Chinese and Musketeer events, while registering second and third places in seven other categories.

Despite the UK’s triumphs, it was the Germans who managed to win no less than twenty medals, with success in the  Verdi, Garibaldi and, ironically, the English. However, things got a bit hairy with the US entrants, who made a surprisingly strong stand in the championships, taking places in ten categories and winning the coveted Natural Beard event.

Aside from the more formal beards n’ ‘taches, the competition saw participants grooming their facial hair into all manner of styles, with one beardo shaping his to resemble Tower Bridge (above). There was no word on whether it could open up for oncoming traffic…

After being held in Brighton this year, the 2009 championships take place in Anchorage, Alaska, where a special "Lumberjack Beard" event is to be included. I just made that last bit up, but I think it’s a good idea.