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POs Craig 'Charlie' Chesters and Steve Church
The finalists with Commander Anthony Rimmington

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Published: 29 Nov 2012

SAILORS at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton have gone one better for ‘Movember’ growing a full beard in aid of Men’s Cancer charities.

In support of Movember, 702 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), based at RNAS Yeovilton paid a £5 entry fee to grow a beard raising £260 and increasing awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

Some Sailors had more luck than others in achieving their distinguished look and the winner of best and worst beard was decided by the unit Commander Anthony Rimmington.

Petty Officer Charlie Chesters (40) said; “The competition is a good morale boost not only because we’re helping a worthwhile charity but also because there are so many poor beards around that you can’t help but laugh at the state of some of our entries!”

Air Engineering Technician Daniel Jones (25) said; “To be honest I was really keen to get involved, especially considering we’re helping the charity, but now I realise I’ve easily got the worst beard on the Squadron. I’m not looking forward to the judging!”

In accordance with traditions, members of the Naval Service are not permitted to grow moustaches unlike their opposite numbers in the other Services. If they elect to go unshaved they must ask permission from their Commanding Officer who will allow them a certain time frame: a Sailor is granted 2 weeks to grow a ‘full, neatly trimmed beard’. If it is deemed unkempt and a poor effort, the Sailor must shave their beard off.

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches and beards on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for specific men’s health charities.


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