Beard Liberation Front
Press release 10th August
Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266
Noddy Holder shaves opponents to win Sideburns of the Year poll for first time
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the annual poll for Sideburns of the Year has seen veteran rocker Noddy Holder shave literary critic and author Nicholas Lezard and actor Hugh Jackman for the coveted title.
Noddy Holder received 40% of the vote on a high turn-out with Lezard achieving 25% and Jackman 15%.
This is the fourth National Sideburns Day reflecting the growing popularity of a range of facial hair styles.
National Sideburns Day was originally held to mark Bradley Wiggins Olympic victory in 2012
The campaigners say that sideburns, sometimes known as mutton chops, and named after US Civil War General Ambrose Burnside were often worn by Victorian politicians
Bradley Wiggins reinvented the post-1945 tradition of sideburns from Elvis Presley to Noddy Holder and the late Lemmy and Alvin Stardust, turned them into something no self-respecting hipster would be without
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, sideburns are a key part of hipster fashion so there is something appropriate that one of the most renowned sideburns wearers of them all Noddy Holder should win for the first time this year.
The 2015 winner was Nick Cave
Sideburns of the Year 2016
Douglas Cowie, novelist
Noddy Holder, musician
Hugh Jackman, actor
Nicholas Lezard, writer
Jimmy Osmond, Masterchef finalist
Will Self, writer
Jimmy Walker, US golfer
Elijah Wood, actor