It began with Max Baker and Pete Miles, from Castle Carrock who have some fine growth. They were showing off their whiskers at one of our regular Saturday night music sessions in The Duke of Cumberland where they both play. We thought a competition was in order to see who could grow the longest beard given that hipsters are going out of fashion and the fine long beard may be lost. Not that either of them are hipsters, though I hear that Pete eats a lot of cereal. Max will be performing at MOM this year as a solo artist. He has a long and respected history as a singer and a long beard; he founded Skipton Folk Club and was a regular with Yorkshire band Jigsaw until he gave up a few years ago. Since he got some new hips his voice has come back along with the fuzz. It’s a minor miracle, you really can’t see his face at all. There are no competition rules, simply the longest beard on the day, measured by someone very bald, wins a prize. Women are encouraged to knit one.