Facial hair fanatics were out in force as Aberdeen’s first Beard and Moustache Festival proved a massive hit.
Around 200 people packed into the Parkway Bar and Lounge in Balgownie Road, Bridge of Don, yesterday afternoon for a weird and wacky celebration of hairy-faced men.
Guests came from all over Scotland to be part of the action – and some bearded folk even came from Cambridge especially for the convention.
Dozens of enthusiasts went head-to-head in a contest with categories such as best beard, longest beard, freestyle beard, “not so good” beard and best moustache.
Organisers said they were delighted with the turnout and are already planning a follow-up event in the run-up to Christmas.
The festival was the brainchild of pals Scot Thompson and Kev Clarke who wanted to improve on similar beard and moustache-grooming functions they have attended, while adding their own special touch too.
Kev, who works in security for an oil and gas firm, said: “We’re really chuffed with how many people have come along.
“A fraction of the people who have come to support us booking in advance so we’re pleased, especially as Aberdeen FC were playing at the same time.”
As well as the competitions, the festival showcased hair-styling demonstrations and stalls selling everything from moustache preening gadgets to beard-themed posters.
Younger visitors had their faces painted with stylish temporary beards.
Scot, of Aberdeen-based male grooming products firm Lumberjack Inc, explained why he thinks now is a golden age for facial hair.
He said: “I think it’s the modern take on masculinity.
“Previously, grooming and preening was seen as something very feminine and now, because it involves facial hair, which is inherently masculine, we have that happy medium where people feel confident to groom their facial hair.”
Kev added: “The event is something different. The whole point was to get local businesses to come along and try to get their name out there and it’s been a success.”
Jayne Gayle, 33, and her husband Peter, 34, visited the festival from Falkirk. She said: “It’s been a lot of fun, especially the contests. We’re quite eccentric and we like being around other people who are a little bit different.
“I really hope they bring this event back.”