Bearded event to honour Andy

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Mutton chop Mick and friends are set to host a fundraiser in memory of the man who helped back their bearded charity campaign.

Mick Wallage has joined forces with The Thorn Tree landlord Shaun Wilmot, to host the event to honour BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter, who died of cancer last month.

Andy was a keen supporter of Mick’s Decembeard campaign, which saw him raise nearly £3,000 for Beating Bowel Cancer after him and his friends donned mankinis for a bottom-baring photo shoot.

Mick, 55, said: “Andy was always a keen supporter of our cause, but sadly he passed away after his short battle with this awful disease. What better way to say thank you to Andy for his help last year than by striving to raise more cash for a good cause.”

The event on May 6, will be a friendly beard and moustache competition, open to all entrants male or female. There will be three categories which will be judged by public ballot. Spectators will be able to vote for their favourite beard after paying £1.

The winners of each category which will be judged by a panel of respected beardsmen – for which Mick is an advocate.

He added: “You don’t have to have your own beard so ladies, kids there’s no excuse. If you can`t grow one then make one – the more original, creative and whacky the better.

“We just hope as many as possible will show their support.”

Other entertainment will include a cake eating competition and raffle. For more visit: www.facebook.com/TheCentralBeardsmen