Connswater Specsavers is celebrating store customer, Marcus Hunter-Neill winning a regional finalist’s award in this year’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Marcus goes forward to the next stage of the competition and could win the chance to be part of the glitzy Spectacle Wearer of the Year Gala Awards night in London during October and the top prize of £10,000.

As a regional finalist in the 35 to 44 age category, Marcus receives a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

Raises cash for Kidscape

The campaign was launched earlier this year by Strictly and the Greatest Dancer star Oti Mabuse, and also raises cash for children’s anti-bullying charity Kidscape. For every entry accepted Specsavers have donated £1 and over half a million pounds has been generated for the charity in the past 10 years.

Marcus who has worn glasses for the past six years said he was thrilled to be a regional finalist and explained he had decided to enter his selfie pic to mark the 50th anniversary of Pride and Stonewall and to encourage others, particularly those in the minority to feel good about themselves.

Have pride in your glasses

'I’m a huge advocate of people who feel disenfranchised and I also support young people who are being bullied through my role as a local ambassador for Kidscape. I’m delighted to be part of this Specsavers competition as it raises much needed cash to help young people and their families who have been affected by bullying. I believe strongly that everyone should have pride in their glasses as they can make you look so chic and cool!' 

As well as working in broadcasting and for a sports company, Marcus is also a drag artist and is involved in numerous Pride events. 'As my drag persona Lady Portia Di’ Monte I also wear glasses on stage as I feel specs can really add to your look and make a real fashion statement. I would encourage anyone who wears glasses to have fun and feel fabulous and try out lots of very different frames and styles.' 

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