Belfast Victoria Square customer Derek Dubery has been named 2016 Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year at the UK and Ireland’s premier celebration of spec-tacular glasses wearers. The 50 year-old from Banbridge who works in Belfast, received the award at a star-studded event hosted by The Xtra Factor’s Rylan Clark, at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London on Tuesday 11 October.

New York beckons

Derek has won a luxury trip for two to New York, courtesy of, a fabulous £10,000 cash prize and £1,000 glasses wardrobe from Specsavers. Derek received his prize from TV presenter and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, saying, ‘I’m totally amazed and really delighted to pick up the top award. It really hasn’t sunk in – it was such a surreal experience and a hugely enjoyable evening. I was thrilled to meet so many famous people.’ Chosen by an expert panel of judges including The X Factor icon Louis Walsh and specs style gurus Oliver Proudlock and Grace Woodward, Derek beat six other finalists to the post.

Specs wearing celebs

Celebrities were also rewarded on the night with singing sensation Nadine Coyle winning Best Specs Newcomer, Capital FM’s George Shelley receiving the Specs Style Award, and antiques guru David Dickinson taking home the Services to Specs award – in honour of his decades of proud glasses wearing. Countless other specs-wearing stars were in attendance, including Joey Essex, Twiggy, Denise Van Outen, Sinitta, Chloe Madley and boyfriend James Haskel, Amy Willerton and Pete Wicks.

£88,000 raised for charity Kidscape

Monies from awards entries, sponsorship, ticket sales and a luxury raffle were wholly donated to children’s anti-bullying charity Kidscape, raising £88,000, bringing the total raised by Specsavers for the charity in the last seven years to £418,000.

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