A British GP, who won Best International Mullet in Australia, has vowed to shave off and burn his mullet so he can bring it back home in an urn – in an act of retribution after the Ashes series.
Dr Alastair Bush wanted to beat the Aussies at their own game after England lost the cricket series to Australia over the summer.
As part of their victory, the Aussies got to bring the coveted Ashes urn back home with them.
In an act of revenge, Alastair plans to bring home the ashes of his award-winning mullet home to Britain.
The 45-year-old from Bovington, Dorset, flew out for the grand final of the World Mullet Growing Championships last weekend.
Dr Alastair Bush wanted to beat the Aussies at their own game after England lost the Ashes series to Australia over the summer
Alastair didn’t win the overall grand prize of Mulletfest Australia, which is held in the small town of Kuri Kuri in News South Wales, but he was crowned Best International Mullet
The Doctor had always had a ‘short back and sides’ in the past but decided to grow a mullet after being spurred on by his nephew during lockdown when visits to the barber were banned
The Mulletfest 2023 Champion Mitchell white poses for a photograph during the Mulletfest 2023 Grand Final at Hebburn Motorsport Park
He also used the competition and trip to raise funds for Testicular Cancer UK.
Alastair didn’t win the overall grand prize of Mulletfest Australia, which is held in Hebburn Motosport Park in the Hunter Valley, but he was crowned Best International Mullet.
The Doctor had always had a ‘short back and sides’ in the past but decided to grow a mullet after being spurred on by his nephew during lockdown when visits to the barber were banned.
He started growing out the back of his hair in the summer of 2021 and his manly mullet reached 12 inches long.
The Army doctor said he could get away with the ‘business at the front, party at the back’ haircut as the soldiers he works with found it funny.
He competed in a heat in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, back in February before returning to Australia for the grand final on Saturday.
Alastair decided to raise funds for Testicular Cancer UK and encourage men to check themselves. He has raised over £1,900 for the charity and even appeared on The Last Leg with Aussie comedian Adam Hills.
This year’s ‘head to head’ battle for the best mullet haircut attracted contestants from all over Australia, and one finalist from the UK. Pictured: Jay Rankin
Hunter Prior poses for a photograph during the Mulletfest 2023. The competition honours the best mullet in various styles including ‘extreme’ and ‘everyday’
The army doctor plans to return to his regular short back and sides.
He said: ‘It all started when haircuts were banned during lockdown and my nephew and I were looking at funny hairstyles online.
‘I thought it would be funny to do it and started growing my mullet in the summer of 2021 with the intention of winning the international mullet championships at Mulletfest in Australia.
‘This is widely considered to be the Everest of the competitive mullet growing world.
‘As a Pom, beating the Aussies at mullet growing would feel like fitting retribution for the 1882 Ashes series.
Mulletfest started in the small town of Kuri Kuri in 2018 as a means of attracting tourism to the area. been Pictured: Dan Prior and his son Hunter Prior pose for a photograph
Picture: Mullet fans gather during the Mulletfest 2023 Grand Final at Hebburn Motorsport Park
Pictured: Nash Machielse holds his trophy as he winning the 0-3 junior category at the Mulletfest 2023
‘I work as a GP for the army and many of my patients are in the at-risk age group for developing testicular cancer.
‘The soldiers are mainly in their 20s and find the mullet funny, but I would not have grown it if I had regular patients.
‘Testicular Cancer UK is a fantastic charity that raises awareness of this disease and helps those who have been affected.
‘If diagnosed early it can be easily treated so raising awareness is essential.’