IN PICTURES: Barbers’ vintage calendar is a real snip

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BARBERING students swapped close shaves for close-ups to create a charity calendar for 2015.

The vintage-inspired calendar was the brain child of Sunderland College barbering lecturer, Mark Sowerby, who enlisted the help of his students for the ambitious project.

Barbering students have created a calendar in aid of Movember

Barbering students have created a calendar in aid of Movember

Shot on location at Beamish Museum, the barbering students modelled vintage clothes, on loan from Sunderland shop Scout Vintage, and beauty therapy students assisted Mark behind the scenes to create the right look.

All the sales from the calendar will go to the Movember fund.

Mark said: “We have held small events in aid of Movember for the past three years, such as football tournaments and free grooming appointments, but this is by far the most ambitious project we have carried out.

“I thought it would be great for the students to produce a calendar to raise the profile of Movember and the great work that it does, and they were very keen to take part.”

The photo shoot took place in November, the most high-profile month for the charity, when men are challenged to grow moustaches and raise cash for the organisation.

Mark added: “I wanted the photos to have a vintage feel with a modern twist, so Beamish was the perfect place to shoot the calendar.

“It was a fantastic day - the students were great to work with and were true professionals. It was very apt that the models all had moustaches for the Movember calendar and I hope it helps to raise awareness of the charity, not just in November, but throughout the year.

“The backing they received from the public was phenomenal and we’d like to thank Scout Fashion, MUK and First2Print for the ir support. Priced at £5, the calendar will be on sale at the college’s Hylton Campus in the Barber Shop and the learning centre when it reopens on Monday, January 5, after the Christmas break.

The Movember Foundation helps fund vital work to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. It has raised £346million to date and funded more than 800 programmes in 21 countries.