Chopping growth pleases charity, mum

FEW haircuts end with applause and a celebratory afternoon tea.

For Bridgenorth man Howard Colvin, the removal of about 40 years' worth of ponytail and beard marked more than a change in appearance.

The Red Cross Emergency Services manager raised almost $1500 for the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.

 ``It's the least I can do,'' Mr Colvin said. ``I work with volunteers and I've had a few of them come up to me and have that conversation.''

While wife Denise was ``in disbelief'' at her husband's fresh-faced appearance, Mr Colvin said the big cut had one certain champion: his mother.

He first grew his hair long aged 17.

``She's been on at me for 40 years!'' he said. Registrations are still open for the World's Greatest Shave. Visit for details.

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