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The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Christian Feicht from Munich. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.
The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Christian Feicht from Munich. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.
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Contestants and visitors alike were bristling with excitement at a charity fund raising event on Saturday

Contestants and visitors alike were bristling with excitement at a charity fund raising event on Saturday.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. A beard conversation. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. A beard conversation. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The fourth British Beard and Moustache Championships were held in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool town centre, hosted by the Sandgrown Beardsmen in association with Woody’s Grooming.

Brian Eva, founder of the Beardsmen, said: “It was an amazing success, loved by all. Everybody seems to have spoken positively about everything.”

The family-friendly championships – featuring 21 different categories – is an open contest with competitors from the UK and throughout the world. Large contingents came from the USA and Germany, plus there were entrants from countries such as Italy, Spain, Norway and

Holland.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. One of the many fabulous beards on display. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. One of the many fabulous beards on display. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The overall winner was Mark East, from the handlebar moustache category.

The biennial event was previously held in Brighton in 2012, Bristol in 2014 and

Liverpool in 2016.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Many visitors came in fancy dress to the event. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Many visitors came in fancy dress to the event. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Will Little from Liverpool as Henry VIII. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Will Little from Liverpool as Henry VIII. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. L-r A J Morris, Kevin Jackson and Jay Lewis from the iBeard Club, relax on a giant deck chair. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. L-r A J Morris, Kevin Jackson and Jay Lewis from the iBeard Club, relax on a giant deck chair. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Brendan Johnson from Exeter. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. Brendan Johnson from Exeter. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. L-r Jennifer and Shaun Sowerby with Paul and Fiona Cook from Blackpoolwith their knitted beards. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.

The British Beard and Moustache Championships were held at the Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday. Competitors came from all over the UK and Europe to take part in the annual competition. L-r Jennifer and Shaun Sowerby with Paul and Fiona Cook from Blackpoolwith their knitted beards. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 18, 2018.