Beard Liberation Front
Press release, 1st March
Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266
St David’s Day Beard of Wales poll sees veteran MP Paul Flynn make progress to ‘peak beard’
The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the annual St David’s Day Beard of Wales poll, has concluded with veteran Newport MP Paul Flynn just shaved for the accolade by 2015 winner Chris Fox, a member of the ‘socialist R’n’B band Thee Faction’.
The veteran Welsh Labour MP Paul Flynn shot into the lead in the poll after leading on opposition to Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK in a Westminster Hall debate last week, but Fox’s formidable fan base saw him over the line.
It is Mr Flynn’s highest ever position in the Beard of Wales poll and may suggest he is well placed to finally win the accolade in 2018.
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 may have 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, Paul Flynn’s beard has been adding gravitas to the national political debate for many years and this St David’s Day honour suggests that he is not even yet quite at peak beard
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