A Tillicoultry man has been chosen from thousands of proud glasses wearers as a finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year title.

Richard McCaffery, aged 23 from Tillicoultry, could follow in the footsteps of last year’s Award winner, Love Island hunk Alex Miller, winning £10,000 and the chance to mingle with the stars at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

Spectacle Wearer of the Year

Richard was invited to visit his local Specsavers store in Alloa to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £125 glasses voucher.

He also took the opportunity to try Specsavers’ innovative Framestyler technology to help choose a new pair of specs, ahead of the next round of judging.

A word from Richard

Richard McCaffery, said: “It is an honour to get to this stage, I never thought anything would come of sending a selfie but I am thrilled.

“My friend had got to this stage of the competition last year so encouraged me to take part as there was nothing to lose and here I am. Now its fingers crossed to get to the next stage.”

Richard has only needed prescription glasses for less than a year but has always wanted to wear them.

“I wear glasses because I need them but in reality, I was really pleased going into the store and seeing the range they had and what suited me was brilliant, especially now with the Framestyler.”

A word from the store director

Lynne Sangster, retail director of Specsavers Alloa, said: “We are really rooting for Richard, it would be lovely to have a winner from Alloa! I think he has got a great chance but we will just need to wait and see how it goes. To get to the big awards event in London would be brilliant.”

The awards were launched by Steps star Claire Richards earlier this year. If he triumphs in his age category, Richard will meet Claire and rub shoulders with many other celebs at the glitzy awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue in October.

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