One of Stockton’s proudest glasses wearers is a step closer to winning the coveted Spectacle Wearer of the Year Award, with a grand prize of £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas.

Charlotte Hall, 19 from Stockton was chosen from hundreds of entries from across the North East.

The Oscars of the glasses world

Known as the Oscars of the glasses world, the awards celebrate specs wearers from the UK and Republic of Ireland, across four age categories: 15-24; 25-39; 40-59 and 60+.

The awards were launched by Girls Aloud singer and West End star Kimberley Walsh earlier this year, who Charlotte could meet at the awards ceremony if she triumphs in the 15-24 age category.

Charlotte says: ‘I have worn glasses since I was seven-years-old and it has never bothered me. My mum wore glasses so I always secretly wanted them to be the same as her.

‘I am really excited to still be in the running and would love to make it to the final.’

David Rose, store director at Specsavers in Stockton, says: ‘SWOTY is a great competition and really makes people proud to wear their glasses. I don’t think glasses have the same stigma attached to them as they did years ago, but it is still important to encourage people to wear them with pride.

‘I would like to wish Charlotte the best of luck and fingers crossed we have a Stockton representative in London.’

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