Top lips were feeling the winter chill this week as the comforting insulation of Movember moustaches was triumphantly shaved off.
The month-long initiative, which helps raise funds and awareness of male health issues, including testicular and prostate cancer, found plenty of support from individuals and groups in the area.
Sudbury’s Delphi factory looked more like a group audition for The Village People, such was the number of handlebar moustaches on show.
Maintenance engineer Simon Bayes organised a group of 45 facial fundraisers, with several others also taking part.
“It was our first year doing it as a big group,” said Mr Bayes. “We wanted to raise awareness as there is plenty done for breast cancer and things like that and men’s health doesn’t get much coverage.”
The group raised more than £2,000 in total, including a £100 donation from the company itself. “I had grown quite attached to my moustache and I was a bit sad to see it go but we had a farewell drink on Saturday,” added Mr Bayes.
A group of five men from three Sudbury garages joined forces and made Mo money as a result.
Nick Carter, Roger Malyon and Stuart Attride, from Windham Ltd in Windham Road, clubbed together with Scott Peters, of S J Peters car sales in Alexandra Road, and Darren Green, from nearby G S Services, to raise more than £500 in total, although their efforts did not please everyone.
“My wife was pleased it came to an end, as she said she wouldn’t kiss me until it had all been shaved off,” said Mr Malyon.
Regulars at Sudbury’s Bay Horse pub sprouted some super soup strainers, attracting more members as the month went on. Landlord Chris Drake said they hoped to top £1,500 between the 18 participants once all donations had been collected.
Anyone calling for help in a fire in the last month might have thought that emergency services had sent a 1970s fire crew, as a group of firefighters from Sudbury Fire Station showed off some vintage styles.
Firefighter Chris Jackson said: “It was fun to grow the mos and some people’s attempts at the fire station were quite amusing.
“My grandad had prostate cancer the other year and luckily the treatment worked, so I wanted to grow a mo to support the charity and raise awareness for a good cause.”
Glemsford Social Club members also sported suitably furnished faces and raised £1,100.
Club president Colin Parmenter, secretary Hugh Norris, committee members John McIvor and Mark Ruane and club members Darren Aitken and Gavin Mills pooled their sponsorship for a cheque presentation on Friday night.
“It has mostly been donations from family and friends – my daughter works at Stour Valley School in Clare so they have been donating, too – it has come from across the board really,” said Mr McIvor.
The club also donated £610 to the Alzheimer’s Society, £664 to the village’s first responders group and £81 to Children in Need on Friday.
Movember fever struck Ormiston Sudbury Academy teachers too, as Harrison House manager Oliver King started the trend for stubbly campaigning and was soon joined by several colleagues.
Staff from Bizzi Beans Cafe and Cherry Lane Garden Centre in Long Melford combined their efforts as Dan Gamson, Rob Rawling, Emily Row, Todd Lewis, Casey Pryke and Stuart Bowers grew – and attached – moustaches for the month.