A Richmond woman has faced off competition from thousands of specs wearers in the South East to be named a regional finalist in the Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Introducing your regional finalist

67-year-old retired teacher Verna Evans, who has been a proud glasses wearer since the age of 15, was announced as a finalist in the annual Specsavers competition.

She now stands a chance of attending the grand final in London in October, where hopefuls will compete for the chance to take home the top title, £10,000, a luxury holiday in the Bahamas and a wardrobe of specs to suit every style.

Store celebration

Verna’s local Specsavers store in Richmond celebrated her success in the competition by presenting her with a £150 glasses voucher, a bottle of champagne and a certificate.

Verna, a keen photographer in her spare time, said: ‘I love my specs and have a huge collection of vintage and novelty specs. My favourites are a pair with London landmarks on them. However, when I entered the competition, I never thought for a minute I’d make it this far.’

Store director of Specsavers in Richmond, Jayesh Solankey, added: ‘A huge congratulations to Verna on her well-deserved regional finalist win. Everyone at the store wishes her the best of luck with the next stage of the competition – It would be lovely to see someone from our area take home the coveted title of Spectacle Wearer of the Year.’

More about the competition

The Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards were launched by Girls Aloud singer and West End star Kimberley Walsh earlier this year. Glasses wearers were encouraged by Specsavers stores across the country to submit a picture of themselves in their best pair of specs.

Four age category finalists: 16-24; 25-39; 40-59 and 60+, a Facebook favourite voted for by the public and Ireland’s winner will attend the awards at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 7 October. All will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.

The ultimate Spectacle Wearer of the Year winner will receive £10,000, plus a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort and a wardrobe of specs to suit every style.

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