Beard Liberation Front
PRESS RELEASE 22nd January
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BBC takes centre stage in race for Beard of Winter Award
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with a week to go in the poll for the coveted Beard of Winter 2017 Award the BBC has taken centre stage at the top of the poll.
Winner of the Best Food Producer in the 2016 Awards, hosted by Radio 4’s The Food Programme, Illtud Llyr Dunsford (The Charcutier) leads the poll, with Charles Dagnall commentator on Radio 5’s Test Match Special and NFL coverage lying second.
The shortlist ranges from journalists to, writers, footballers and Chief Executives, but as usual, the key point is whether their beard is helping to create a positive image of the hirsute in public life.
It is the first of four seasonal awards that lead to the Beard of the Year Award in December 2017.
The Beard of Winter focuses both on fuller organic beards, suitable for winter weather but also on beards that have made an early New Year impact in the public eye.
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, it may be pure coincidence but the BBC looks set to have a significant influence on who the winner of the Beard of Winter is.
The poll closes on Monday January 30th
Beard of Winter shortlist
Charles Dagnall, broadcaster
Keri Davies, Archers, scriptwriter
Evan Davis, presenter Newsnight
Illtyd Llyr Dunsford, Award winning charcutier
Mark Gatiss, writer
Olivier Giroud, footballer
Andrew Gwynne, Labour MP
Harnaam Kaur, Award winning female beard wearer
Simon Stevens, NHS CEO
Mick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEF