Players and staff from the Nottingham Lions celebrated the end of their Movember fundraising campaign in style at the Black Cherry Lounge last Friday week as they paraded their cherished moustaches on stage during the Black Cherry Burlesque event.

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.


King of the tash – the four of the top five Lions moustaches line-up on stage with host Cherry Deville at the Black Cherry Lounge. (L-R) Ben Wood, Joe Wightman, Luke Branin & Luke Thomas

Alongside Burlesque, Cabaret and Vaudeville acts, five of the best examples of Lions face furniture were selected to battle it out on stage for the coveted best moustache title, which was eventually won by winger Gareth O’Flaherty, whose pencilled effort received the biggest cheer from the sell-out audience at the Nottingham night-spot.


Gareth O’Flaherty is declared the winner by Cherry Deville.

However, the highlight of the evening came when defenseman Jack Baveystock was selected by his fellow teammates as having the worst example of a ‘Mo’ and ordered to perform an on-stage ‘arousal dance’ in front of the show’s host, Burlesque star, Cherry Deville.

Jack did the boys proud with a minute-long, jaw-dropping, Chippendalesuqe performance, which left both his teammates and host, Cherry briefly lost for words. He was then crowned ‘King of the Dance’ much to the audience’s delight.


Jack Baveystock in full-flow during his ‘arousal dance’.

The Lions who took part in the month long challenge helped Blue Bell Hill Trust to raise a magnificent £1293 over the 30 day period. On behalf of the trust the Lions would like to thank everyone involved and everyone who made a donation to such a worthy cause.

A selection of photos from the evening can be found on our official Facebook page.

Don’t forget you can catch a freshly-shaven Lions team take on local rivals Sheffield Senators at the National Ice Centre this Sunday (7.15pm face off). Ticket details are available here.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012.