A trainee teacher from Merthyr has beaten off competition from thousands of other glasses wearers across the UK to make it to the last round of Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Pilar Mayo, 30, could win an all-expenses paid trip to New York and £10,000 spending money if she can beat off competition from four others during the final in London, which is being held on October 11.

‘A night to remember’

‘When I got the call to say I had made it through I was so happy! I never expected to make it down to the last five, and I’m so proud to be flying the flag for glasses wearers in Wales,’ said Pilar.

Pilar’s picture was put forward to a panel of judges and she was picked as the winner for her age category, 24 to 35 year olds.

She added: ‘Spectacle Wearer of the Year is just fantastic. It champions the importance of loving your glasses and not hiding behind them. I’m so thankful to have got this far and can’t wait for the big occasion in London - no matter what the outcome is it will be a night to remember.’

Wearing glasses with pride

‘It’s absolutely fantastic that Pilar is down to the final five,’ says store director, Peter Render.

‘She emulates everything that the competition stands for; she wears her glasses with pride and wants to encourage others to do so too.

‘We’re wishing her all the best for the grand finale, and believe she can scoop the winning crown.’

The 2016 awards were launched earlier this year by singer and dancer Kimberly Wyatt. For each entry made, £1 has been donated to Kidscape, the anti-bullying charity.

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