DIARY: The barber of Saville works TBWA's beards into a comedy lather

Moustaches and unsightly facial hair growth are unpleasant at the

best of times, so when a portion of TBWA/ London's male contingent

decided to unleash some hairy horrors on to the world in aid of Comic

Relief Red Nose Day, they were only let off because it was a necessary

evil done for charity.

Handlebars and twirled waxed wonders that would have made Hercule Poirot

proud were the order of the day over at the offices as a barber from the

esteemed establishment Trumpers came round to administer an

old-fashioned wet shave, complete with hot towels and the old-school

glinting cut-throat razor treatment.

The barber in charge of ten of the industry's most coveted - and sought

after - necks was dexterous Dino, the Nicky Clarke of the facial hair

world and, we hear, a wonder with whiskers.

The charitable subjects then had to endure a painful few hours while

their photos were posted on the agency intranet, along with those of

several girlie wannabees, whose unfortunate female disposition rendered

them unable to cultivate such hairy monstrosities. Don't lose any sleep

over it, ladies.

One madman, er, we mean courageous individual by the name of Tim Riding,

evidently decided that less is more, and really got into the spirit of

the occasion by having all his hair - including his eyebrows - shaved

off. Sadly, the agency's most famously tousled export, the creative

director Trevor Beattie, passed on the option of going under the blade,

although the freshly shorn deputy creative director, Bill Bungay, was on

hand to gurn along with the best of them.

The grand prize for best moustache was eventually won by Frazer

Jelleyman, the creative whose impressive facial decoration bagged him a

day of pampering at the Saville Row favourite. Expect to see him looking

dapper at a bash near you soon.


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