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Beard of the Year 2016 poll: Gary Lineker leads longlist of contenders named
The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has announced the longlist for the Beard of the Year 2016 poll.
Broadcaster Gary Lineker leads the longlist of contenders
In 2015 Weird Beard brewer Bryan Spooner won the vote.
The campaigners say that the award is specifically not about who has the best or most magnificent beard. Rather it focuses on the beard wearer who has made the most positive hirsute public impact during the year.
With the rise in hirsuteness there is now a longlist poll to prune down the contenders to 10 for the final vote which starts on 25th November. The winner is announced on 29th December.
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, there is a greater diversity than ever on the longlist this year. Politicians of course have a separate Parliamentary Beard vote
Simon Stevens, NHS CEO
Sam Mendes, playwright
Nick Dwyer, designer
William Crawley, broadcaster
Nick Timothy, political advisor to the Prime Minister
Joe Ledley, footballer
Andy Murray, tennis player
Moeen Ali, cricketer
Jonny Bairstow, cricketer
Jurgen Klopp, football manager
Gary Lineker, broadcaster
Richard Harrington, actor
James O’Brien, broadcaster
Michael Rosen, writer and broadcaster