HIS hair wasn't quite as long as Rapunzel's imposing locks but Michael Davies treasured them as much as did the beautiful young girl trapped atop a tower in the Brothers Grimm fairytale.
Mr Davies' pony-tail wasn't long enough for someone to climb to the top a tower but it was long enough to draw around 50 people to Tumbulgum Tavern last Saturday to see it shorn to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation's Shave for a Cure campaign.
The hair, which hadn't been cut, except for the odd snip to split-ends, since the mid 1980s, wound its way down to below Mr Davies waist.
When local hairdresser, Michelle, had done her best impersonation of Edward Scissorhands, Mr Davies had a short-back and sides.
Mr Davies lost his treasured locks following a losing bet made with his wife, Donna.
The wager? If Mrs Davies lost 10kg in weight, Mr Davies would have his mane mown.
"This was about the only way I could get him to have a hair-cut," said Mrs Davies.
"I had been at him for years to get it cut - I kept telling him that the '80s look had passed but he steadfastly refused to get within cooee of a pair of scissors.
"He only accepted the bet because he didn't think I'd achieve the weight loss - that really inspired me to shed the 10kg.
"I'm the big winner here - a lot healthier and now I have a husband living in the present."
The other big winner was the Leukaemia Foundation which had its coffers boosted by $2,300.
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