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RAF crewmen fight it out in moustache contest

RAF Lyneham Movember
None of the 12 servicemen plan to keep their moustaches after the competition.

Airmen based at RAF Lyneham have been competing in a charity moustache-growing contest to raise money for prostate cancer.

The 12 servicemen of the No 1 Air Mobility Wing (1 AMW) were challenged to grow a moustache in a month as part of the global 'Movember' challenge.

Yesterday, dressed in WWII uniforms the group's 'tashes were judged in front of a Second World War Dakota gate guard at the RAF Base.

RAF Lyneham Movember
Sergeant "Muff" Mufford's winning moustache

Station Warrant Officer Nick Dale was the competition's judge.

He said: "We're not allowed to grow handle bar moustaches.

"Queen's regulations state that the entire upper lip must be unshaven - it just doesn't delineate where the upper lip ends.

"And fortunately I'm the bloke on camp that decides what's legal and what isn't."

Following a formal parade and inspection, Sergeant "Muff" Mufford's moustache was judged as the best.

Despite growing the winning moustache, the Sergeant has not enjoyed the process.

"It's been good for a month but it's annoying," he said.

"And it's going as soon as this is done."

Got to go

RAF Lyneham Movember
SWO Dale thinks the moustache should be compulsory.

With complaints that the moustaches are "annoying and tickly", many of the serviceman's partners have issued "strict instructions" for the moustaches to be shaved-off at midnight.

Only SWO Dale is thought to be keeping his 'tashe.

"The wife has cut the ends off on a few occasions when it was getting a bit intrusive on the pillow," he said.

"But it [the moustache] should be compulsory.

"I think we should all have them. It shows the mark of a man."

As part of the Movember challenge - that sees thousands of men around the world growing a moustache in just a month - the RAF crewman have managed to raise £1,500 for prostate cancer.

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