MOUSTACHE madness has gripped a Portsmouth primary school after every single male member of staff signed up to grow facial hair for charity.
Fifteen teachers and support staff at Flying Bull Primary in Buckland hope to raise awareness and money with their entry for the Movember challenge, in aid of prostate and testicular cancer charities.
But just over a week into the challenge, it is already clear some members of The Flying Bulls –as they have been named – will have more luck than others.
Mark Willshire, 23, a support worker who usually sports patchy stubble, wants to grow a full handlebar moustache over the month which he will dye purple to rival Billy Connolly.
He said: ‘At the moment I look like a teenager struggling with puberty.
‘Some of our children can get better facial hair than me – but it’s all good fun and for a great cause.’
Gregory Ferson, 40, a Year Four teacher, admitted: ‘A rogue slip of the razor has landed me with something in between a Mexican and a Burt Lancaster.
‘My blond complexion means it’s coming out in shades of blond, with a bit of ginger and grey. I don’t spend a lot of time in front of the mirror.’
Luke Thomas, 38, a Year Three teacher who usually wears a full beard, is aiming to grow a swashbuckling Three Musketeers tache.
He said: ‘It’s great to see all the male staff taking part, though I’m one of the lucky ones in the facial hair department.
‘I decided to go with the d’Artagnan look as I’m half French.
‘If all goes well I may even keep it!’
Headteacher Deamonn Hewett Dale, 45, praised his male colleagues for getting involved.
He said: ‘Quite a few of our female staff do the Race for Life which men can’t take part in, so we’re striking back in style.
‘I was in my early 20s when I first tried to grow facial hair so I’m keeping things simple and sticking to a straight moustache.
‘We’re all looking forward to the challenge and hope to raise lots of money and awareness for male cancers.’
To sponsor The Flying Bulls either contribute to a collection at the school’s front desk or visit mobro.co/DeamonnHD