It’s that time again to grow your moustache!

BIG MO From left, Tristan Savage, Steven Courtnell, Daniel Sutton-Johanson, Rob Litchfield, Paul Gonella.
BIG MO From left, Tristan Savage, Steven Courtnell, Daniel Sutton-Johanson, Rob Litchfield, Paul Gonella.
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THE sudden appearance of moustaches may well have been spotted across the area.

Once again, scores of guys in the Portsmouth area will be adorning their faces with facial hair for the annual Movember campaign.

Every November men are encouraged to grow moustaches, to raise awareness and money for cancer.

And these Portsmouth businessmen are not only growing tashes, they are also holding a fundraising event in The Wedgewood Rooms.

One of the organisers, Daniel Sutton-Johanson, said he wanted to help after his friend was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Daniel, who is a vocalist for band Munroe Effect, said: ‘I lost one of my friends in an accident in Africa, about a year and a half ago.

‘And then last year another friend told me he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer.

‘My friend will be okay, as he had his testicles removed, and is on the mend.

‘There was nothing I could do to help my friend in Africa, but I wanted to help others suffering from cancer.’

Last year, the group raised £1,800 for Movember, but now hope to beat that amount.

On Friday, November 29, a fundraising musical night will take place at The Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road, Southsea.

The night includes live music from four bands, followed by a DJ.

Tickets cost £5 per person, with all money raised going towards Movember.

As well as raising money, Daniel said that the group is also keen to put Portsmouth on the moustache map.

The men are putting in a bid for the city to host Movember Gala Partes.

The event is hosted by Movember and is a wrap-up party held at the end of the month.

Daniel added: ‘At the moment the closest partes are in London or Bristol.

‘It would be great if Portsmouth could get this.

‘We are getting people to support our bid, like Portsmouth City Council leader Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson.’