‘Mutton chop’ Mick scoops the top spot

Michael Wallage, Ripley's 'Mutton Chops Champion'.
Michael Wallage, Ripley's 'Mutton Chops Champion'.

Michael Wallage has scooped the title of British Mutton Chops and Sideburns Champion.

Michael, of Oak Avenue, Ripley, who has gone 25 years without a full shave, took part in the coveted 
competition on Saturday, September 13.

Michael, 52, said he was gobsmacked at his win.

He said: “I’m still in shock, the competition was 
amazing so it’s a real acheivement to have come first. It was a wonderful event and I look forward to the next one.”

He competed against more than 150 other bearded competitors to bag the title.

The annual event, held at the Bath Pavillion, Bath, had 12 competitive categories, including moustache, full beard, partial beard and mutton chops and sideburns.

His winning mutton chops measured a 
whopping 60 centimetres from one side to the other.