Somerset

British Beard and Moustache Championships held in Bath

Facial hair growth is being celebrated in Bath this weekend with the British Beard & Moustache Championships 2014.

Men, women and children will be able to take part showing off their facial decorations - whether it is grown or artificial.

The competition takes place every two years where in the main, beards and moustaches will judged for their length, style and eccentricity.

Chris Wall, from Trowbridge, (pictured above) is the current winner of the Natural Moustache Category, which means his facial hair has not been fashioned into shape using wax.

Mr Wall said: "The key things for a winning moustache are clearly going to be symmetry; it has to be the same length either end.

"A natural curl is usually desirable but above all it's got to have length and girth - it's got to stand out from the crowd."

He added competition was tough this year, with some "monster moustaches out there ready to unleash their hirsuteness on the country".

These entrants are hoping to win the judges' admiration and essential vote for their facial hair growing efforts.

There are more than 100 competitors taking part this year.

Among the 13 categories are Full Beard Natural, Musketeer and Freestyle - with some categories allowing styling aids such as wax, spray and glue.

A new category is Business Class, where manly manes are celebrated for maintaining "an air of established superiority" thereby creating a "debonair figure of manliness" with ageless style.

Women and children can also compete in the False Beard category where they can sew, knit or design their own 'facial hair'.

This year's event takes place at the Bath Pavilions but all spectator tickets have sold out.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites