Beard Liberation Front
Press release, 27th February
Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266
St David’s Day Beard of Wales poll set to be a close shave
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with the St David’s Day Beard of Wales 2017 poll set to close at midday on Tuesday 28th February the outcome looks to set to be a close shave.
Singer with socialist R&B band Thee Faction Chris Fox is currently bearding Newport MP Paul Flynn who has a high profile after his leading role last Monday in the Parliamentary debate on the petition to stop a State visit by President Trump
The poll aims to determine the St David’s Day Beard of Wales, the Welsh beard that offers the most positive national image.
The campaigners say that Images of St David suggest that the Welsh Saint himself had an organic beard
Welsh rugby prop Adam Jones won the Award in 2013, voted for by BLF supporters, just shaving former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. Another rugby player Leigh Halfpenny won in 2014. In 2015 the Award went to Thee Faction musician Chris Fox and in 2016 footballer Joe Ledley
It is only the fifth time the Award has been given following the traditional UK Beard of the Year at the end December each year and the BLF says it is a mark of Wales as a modern nation on St David’s Day that beards are now playing an increasingly significant role in national life.
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, with just hours left to vote it looks there could be a close shave.
The winners will be announced on St David’s Day 1st March
Beard of Wales 2017 Nominations
Jake Ball, rugby player
Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Charcutier
Chris Fox- musician
Richard Harrington, Y Gwyll actor
Tom Jones- musician
Joe Ledley, footballer
Gruff Rhys- musician