Croydon teacher Ingrid Miller spent an evening with some of the UK’s biggest specs-wearing superstars at the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

She took to the stage to receive her Spectacle Wearer of the Year award at the glitzy event staged by Specsavers to raise money for anti-bullying charity Kidscape. Ingrid was selected from thousands of hopefuls to be crowned the 35-44 age category winner.

The 21st Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards, hosted by The Xtra Factor’s Rylan Clark at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, saw a green carpet ablaze with bespectacled stars, including the competition’s judges, Louis Walsh, Oliver Proudlock and Grace Woodward.

A word from our winner

After receiving her award, Ingrid commented: ‘I’ve always been a proud specs wearer and it was a surreal experience being on stage to accept an award for just being me. I never thought when I entered the competition that I’d be lifting an award surrounded by some of the nation’s most famous specs wearers. I’m over the moon!

‘I’m also very proud to have participated in an event which raises awareness of the challenges faced by some of our most vulnerable young people.’

The team at Ingrid’s local Specsavers in Croydon was cheering her on all the way. Bill Pennell, store director at Specsavers in Croydon North End and Church Street, was thrilled to hear of her success: ‘We’ve known Ingrid for years now and have been rooting for her in the competition. She’s a great ambassador for the borough and we were delighted to see her claim her prize on stage.’

More about the awards

A number of specs-wearing celebrities were also recognised with awards on the night, including with pop sensation Nadine Coyle taking home Best Specs Newcomer, Capital FM’s George Shelley bagging the Specs Style Star award and David Dickinson receiving the Services to Specs accolade, in honour of his decades of wearing their glasses with pride.

Other specsy celebs in attendance included, Joey Essex, Denise Van Outen, Twiggy, Fearne McCann, Sinitta, Ollie Proudlock, JB Gill, Francis Boulle, Ollie Locke, Chloe Madley and boyfriend James Haskel, Amy Willerton and Pete Wicks.

The awards saw Derek Dubery age 50 from Windyridge, Co. Down, presented with the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year prize.

£88,000 raised from award entries, sponsorship, ticket sales and a luxury raffle was donated to Kidscape bringing the total raised by Specsavers for the charity in the last seven years to £418,000.

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