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Britain's Greatest Ever Moustache

Last updated on: August 19, 2009 

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Rock band Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury has walked away with the title of 'Britain's Greatest Ever Moustache' in a new poll.

The poll of 3,000 men was carried by Remington to support the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign's Tacheback initiative, which raises funds to tackle testicular and prostate cancers.

'Freddie Mercury has topped the charts once again by taking first place in this poll,' the Telegraph quoted Nikki McReynolds of Remington as saying. 'Freddie was obviously proud of his facial hair as he once announced mid concert 'it's my moustache and I'm going to keep it.'

'The sporting of a moustache is a bold statement in this day and age -- but with our Tacheback initiative we want to encourage Brits to 'grow a tache and raise cash' for testicular and prostate cancers -- which affects 36,000 men in the UK every year,' McReynolds added.


Image: Kash Cooke, sister of Freddie Mercury, attends the opening of a photographic exhibition documenting the singer's life in Mumbai.
Photographs: Savita Kirloskar/Reuters
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John Cleese's moustache in Fawlty Towers occupied the second spot. The actor of the 1970s sitcom about a grumpy hotelier was in the news recently for paying his third wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger 12 million pounds in divorce settlement.

The 69-year-old actor will reportedly transfer 8 million pounds in cash and assets, including homes in London and New York, to his US-born former partner.


Image: John Cleese

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The third place went to former Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener, who famously issued the famous World War One 'Britain Wants You' rallying call while legendary comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin's short dark tache made it to number four.


Image: Charlie Chaplin

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Former England keeper David Seaman's facial hair wrapped up the top five.

Here's the complete list of Britain's top 10 Greatest Ever Moustache:

1. Freddie Mercury

2. John Cleese

3. Lord Kitchener

4. Charlie Chaplin

5. David Seaman

6. Bruce Forsyth

7. Terry Thomas

8. Peter Sellers

9. Des Lynam

10. Daley Thompson


Image: Peter Sellers in a scene from The Pink Panther

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Source: ANI