Cerne Abbas Giant Participates In Movember

My My, what a big moustache you have!

Cerne Abbas Giant, the 180ft chalk figure in Dorset, has joined "Mo Bros" across the UK in support of Movember.

The giant's new moustache is 36ft (11m) by 9ft (2.7m), an impressive size that it is doubted any of his human competitors will be able to out-do.

The month of November annually changes it's name (unofficially) to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. Men forgo their razors for the 30 days and endeavour to grow their most impressive moustache.

The National Trust's Rob Rhodes, who is in charge of maintaining the integrity of the structure and it sophisticated new facial fuzz said: "It's all a bit of fun to highlight an important subject so we were happy to give our support and join in the fun."

He said the moustache would remain for one day, and that there would be no damage to the giant.

Local folklore states that the massive hillside figure, which dates back to at least 1694, is a symbol of spirituality and fertility; a perfect patron for a men's health month that seeks to raise money to combat prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health.

The giant attracted attention in the summer of 2007 when a temporary chalk figure of Homer Simpson was drawn next to it, to promote The Simpsons Movie.

The Prostate Cancer Charity is the UK's leading charity dealing with men with the disease and encourages registering your "tash team" online for judging at the end of the 30 days. They even have a hall of fame.

Sign up for Movember here

Words by Gemma Clark