$16,000 beard gets the chop

John 'Gilly' Gill 12-year old beard before the big shave.
John 'Gilly' Gill 12-year old beard before the big shave. Declan Cooley

AFTER an eight week Movember campaign all it took was one snip and John "Gilly" Gill's 12 years of beard growth became ancient history.

With a few more money tins to collect and count, Gilly and his son's partner Jess Munster raised $16,196.90 which will see them move into 8th on the Australia-wide Mo Heroes leader board.

Family and friends came together on Saturday at the Central lane Hotel for one last push and to watch Gilly's beard get the chop.

Gilly's brother Neil paid $400 to be the one to chop it off.

"It was worth every cent," he said.

"He's my baby brother - I couldn't let anyone else do it."

Before the "trim" Gilly looked a little nervous on stage with people in the crowd asking him if he needed a tissue.

After the close shave Gilly said his new look definitely "feels different" but he was impressed with his shaving abilities having only nicked himself once.

"I look like my other brother now which is not a good thing," he said.

"I didn't think we'd get this far.

"Jess has done a really good job," he said.

Jess has been involved with Movember for three years but this year the pair decided to get together after Jess's father sadly committed suicide last year.

"The support has been fantastic and so good to see so many people turn up and help out," she said.

Gilly had his beard offcuts saved and plans to hang it up in his bar at home. 

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