Thurrock residents became the first in the UK to catch a glimpse of the nation’s newest superhero – Specman.

The international Specsavers mascot made his public debut in Essex, when he swooped in to take part in the intu Lakside Shopping Centre Christmas Light Switch-on.

With his eye-catching green hair and cape, the specs-sporting hero caused quite a stir and in true heroic fashion, he was there not only to spread festive cheer, but to save people’s eyes and money.

He took to the mall with team members from Specsavers to raise awareness of the importance of regular eye tests and showcase the latest in affordable designer eyewear.

A word from the store director

Speaking after his visit, Jay Visrolia, director of Specsavers in intu Lakeside Shopping Centre, was full of praise: ‘We were delighted when Specman touched down in Thurrock on this first visit to the UK.

‘Local residents seemed to enjoy chatting to him and getting a selfie or two - it’s not every day you get to meet a real-life superhero!

‘As eyecare experts, we especially appreciated that he made time to champion the importance of regular eye tests – something that we are very passionate about at Specsavers.

'In fact, he even helped make appointments on his super iPad. ‘Spec-man, you can come back any time!’

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