An Ashington woman has been chosen from thousands of proud glasses wearers as a finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Leeann Robb, aged 41 from Ashington 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.

Glasses wearers across the UK and Republic of Ireland have been showing off their specs style by sharing their selfies online throughout the spring and summer.

Leeann was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Ashington to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

She 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 the winner

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

'I really love wearing my glasses, I think it’s really important to be proud of wearing them - this is a great platform to share the message to those who don’t quite feel the same.'

A word from the store director

Katie Blakely, senior manager of Specsavers Ashington, said: 'We are really rooting for Leeanne, it would be lovely to have a winner from Ashington! She has a great attitude towards wearing specs which is really important and her collection of glasses is fabulous. We wish her all the best.'

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

There are five age categories – 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and over 60, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.

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