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In pictures: Marines' moustaches

A Royal Marine sporting facial hair

Royal Marines serving in Afghanistan's Helmand province this Christmas are pitting their facial hair-growing skills against each other in a bid for the title, Best Moustache

A Royal Marine sporting facial hair

40 Commando decided to hold the contest to lift morale while serving over the festive period.

A Royal Marine sporting facial hair

Some chose traditional styles...

A Royal Marine sporting facial hair

...while others took inspiration from abroad.

A Royal Marine sporting facial hair

Some even sculpted their growth.

A Royal Marine sporting facial hair

But others seemed to struggle to produce much hair.

A Royal Marine sporting facial hair

Meanwhile, some entrants may face disqualification if their furry top lip turns out to be false.

A Royal Marine sporting facial hair

Major Alex Murray described the competition as a "morale-boosting bit of fun".

Royal Marines sporting facial hair

The winners of the bid for hirsute glory will be announced on Boxing Day.



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