A Beaumont Leys woman has been chosen out of hundreds of people across central England as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Leanne O’Neill could win £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if she wins, as well as a chance to mingle with the stars at the 20th annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.  

Glasses wearers have been showing off their specs style by sharing their selfies online and entering in stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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

Leanne says: ‘I only recently started wearing glasses and decided to enter the competition after I saw it on Facebook. Winning the money and a holiday to the Bahamas would be amazing for me and my family, I’m keeping everything crossed!’ 

Rob Williams, store director of Specsavers in Beaumont Leys, says: ‘‘We’re so pleased that Leanne reached the regional semi-finals, it’s great to celebrate a specs wearer from the Beaumont Leys area.’

The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year. If she triumphs in her age category, Leanne could meet Emma at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 6 October. 

There are five age categories – 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and 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.

The ultimate Spectacle Wearer of the Year winner will receive £10,000, plus a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of Atlantis Paradise Island and a wardrobe of specs to suit every style. 

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