THINGS went from hairy to scary this week at Mossley Mill as some of the more courageous members of the 'Newtownabbey Tashes Team' got together for an eye-watering wax-off!
The team of councillors and council staff have collected more than 2,000 for The Prostate Cancer Charity during the 'Movember' campaign, and helped raise awareness of men's health issues such as testicular and prostate cancer.
The team members grew moustaches and beards throughout 'Movember'. But on Tuesday afternoon (November 30) it was time to say farewell to the facial fuzz.
While some members opted to shave themselves, three brave members of the Tashes Team - councillor Billy Webb, councillor John Scott and the council's Sports Development Officer, Dean Holmes - agreed to take part in one last fundraising push by having their facial hair waxed off by Cathy Taggart from Amour beauty clinic.
Speaking at the wax-off in the foyer of the council's headquarters, an enthusiastic Mayor Paula Bradley said: "The Movember Team has given us all a real laugh with their new looks over the last few weeks and their willingness to try out the waxing today. I would like to congratulate them all on their excellent fundraising and I hope that their involvement has given this important health issue more profile locally."
Councillor Webb, captain of the Tashes Team, said he'd taken on the waxing challenge in "a moment of insanity".
Describing the process as "excruciatingly sore", he commented: "I am absolutely delighted at the amount of money we have raised towards the Movember campaign. This money will be used to raise awareness of men's health issues and pay for research into prostate and testicular cancer.
"I would like to thank my council colleagues and the council staff who took part, the Mayor who was very supportive, and also everybody who made a donation."
He added: "I now know the pain ladies suffer through waxing - they have my sympathy. I will never forget the look of anticipation on the faces of the other men watching me having my moustache waxed off, since they had no idea what it would be like, and the faces of sympathy on the ladies watching, as they did know!"
Dozens of men across the borough took part in this year's Movember fundraiser, collecting thousands of pounds that will help pay for vital research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer.
For more information about the campaign, or to make a donation, log on to http://uk.movember.com