“After 31 years in the Fire Service (where facial hair that interfered with the 'seal' on Breathing apparatus masks was not allowed), I could finally grow a beard.
“I grew full or goatee beards during the 10 years of retirement that followed, but usually shaved them off after negative comments.
“I began growing the current beard on New Years Day 2016, in preparation for the Distinguished Gentleman's ride to be held on September 25th 2016.
“The idea being that a full beard would compliment the Dapper look of the Tweed clothing worn on classic-looking motorcycles on a parade run to raise money for Prostate Cancer Research.
“Well the ride has come and gone, but I have grown attached to this particular beard and have decided to keep it, because I like it!”