INCREDIBLE images have revealed an old school moustache club whose facial hair would put today’s Movember participants to shame.
The stunning pictures, as revealed by the website Retronaut, show 70-year-old Mr John Roy whose six-foot-long moustache took him 31 years to grow, ex-RAF pilot Alan Gear winning the Handlebar Club’s cup for prime handle bar in 1949 with his eight-and-a-half inch moustache and Gear surrounded by other members at the second annual dinner of the club in Fleet Street in 1949.
Other striking shots show Edward Hooker with his nine-and-a-third inch moustache throwing a four-foot-long dart during a match between the Handlebars Club and Victory Club and members toasting George Hoffman whose eight-and-a-quarter inch moustache was Canada bound.
The Handlebar Club’s membership was confined to moustaches with ‘graspable extremities’ and boasted 100 members when Mr John Roy was president.
They sought to recruit new members, particularly for the club’s Essex branch where Roy was one of only six members.
The remarkably long moustaches are something most participants of Movember could only dream of.
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.
The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”
By encouraging men (whom the charity refers to as “Mo Bros”) to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.