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Doug maintains the beard, until now

Participating in the Bearded Brave Shave are, from left, Doug Ridley, Garry Finnigan, Dean Parker, and John Brown.
Participating in the Bearded Brave Shave are, from left, Doug Ridley, Garry Finnigan, Dean Parker, and John Brown. Cathy Adams

THE last time Doug Ridley saw his chin, Gough Whitlam was prime minister.

But as part of the bearded brave shave at East Lismore Bowling Club on Sunday, it's all coming off.

Doug said his daughter and four stepchildren were in for a shock.

He will be one of six hirsute men taking the shave on Sunday, which is a fundraiser for the NSW Cancer Council.

"For a man who is about 70, I've had friends with cancer and my mother died from it, so I think doing something for cancer research is a good thing," he said.

The event organiser is Debbie Woodham (aka DJ) who initiated the event last year after her uncle Peter Stynes was diagnosed with a rare melanoma on his brain. He died within three months of the diagnosis.

"The aim is to get the message across that a lot more men die of treatable cancers than women because they are too proud to talk about their health," she said.

The day kicks off at 11.30am with barefoot bowls and a barbecue. The shave starts from 2pm.

Australia in 1973

  • Prime Minister was Gough Whitlam
  • Population was 13 million
  • Milk was sold in gallons and cost $1.30 per gallon
  • The average cost of a house was $19,000
  • The average weekly wage was $90-110



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