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Going under the razor

A close shave: Steve Demerling shaves it off in support of Movember, celebrating men's health (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Moustache season has begun with Movember 2016 already under way.

Dozens of men across the island are set to grow moustaches throughout the month as part of the annual event to raise money — and awareness — about prostate cancer and men’s health in general.

The event website states: “Movember’s about bringing back the moustache, having fun and doing good, and changing the face of men’s health.

“Mo Bros take action by signing up and growing a sweet moustache for the 30 days of Movember.

“Mo Sistas sign up and commit to supporting the men in their lives while helping to promote men’s health at home, in the workplace and within their community.

“The moustache is our ribbon – it’s our way of generating conversations, awareness and raising funds for our radiation therapy initiative and men’s health. This is how you get involved.”

Participants officially went under the razor at the Robin Hood Pub on Wednesday, getting a clean start to 30 days of facial hair growth.

The event is set to conclude on November 30, with participants returning to Robin Hood for their facial hair to be judged and awards given.

For the second year, those who can’t grow moustaches are invited to take part in Bovember — wearing bow ties over the course of the month.