“My name is Mike Aldridge and I live with my partner in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
“I'm 60 years old and I now work for the MOD after a lifetime in the Police Service.
“I decided to grow a beard when I didn't have to wear a respirator any more! If that changes I may have to go Goatee!
“I enjoy riding my motorcycle and hope to get to a few of the meetings at public houses as work allows.
Many people say to me ‘Why do you grow and keep that beard?’ My reply has to be ‘Because I can!’”