Calling all stylish glasses wearers in Basildon! The search for Spectacle Wearer of the Year has begun with a £10,000 cash prize for the national winner.

In 2017 more regional finalists were picked in Essex than any other county in the UK and Ireland combined with six being chosen, including Basildon resident and self-proclaimed, glamorous granny Jean Watts, and national winner Alex Miller from Silver End, suggesting that the county is the most glamorous of specs wearers in the country.

Will Essex win again?

Anyone over the age of 16 who wears glasses can put themselves forward for the prestigious accolade. The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public.

Having picked up the Specs Appeal gong at last year’s awards, pop star Claire says: ‘I’ve been a glasses wearer for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love to mix things up and try a geek-chic frame one day and then a sexy cat’s eye the next.

‘Winning the Specs Appeal award last year was incredibly flattering and it was an honour to share a room with so many proud and fabulous glasses wearers.  I can’t wait to see all the nominees this year – I’m sure there’s going to be some real corkers!’

Lee Hansford, store director at Specsavers Basildon, says ‘It was a pleasure to have a regional finalist in our town and we are sure that Basildon can produce the next Spectacle Wearer of the Year. I’m looking forward to seeing all the entries.’

A donation for each entry

One pound will be donated to Kidscape for each entry made.  The money raised will help to support the charity in providing practical support to children and families affected by bullying, including advice resources, phone support and workshops. The competition has raised more than half a million pounds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape over the past nine years.

Finalists will attend the star-studded, uber-glam awards ceremony in London in October, with one overall winner scooping the top award and cash prize.

To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition online at Deadline for entries is 1st July 2018.

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