Belfast Victoria Square customer Derek Dubery has won a place at this year’s Grand Final of Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition. Derek who lives in Banbridge will be heading over to London on 10th and 11th October and will meet a host of VIP guests including former Pussycat Doll singer Kimberly Wyatt.

Set for a star-studded night

Derek picked up a regional semi-finalist award in the 45-59 category of the annual specs-selfie competition and in the next round of judging beat off stiff competition from across the UK to secure a place in the prestigious star-studded final in London. He is now amongst six finalists from England, Scotland, Wales and the island of Ireland who will each vie for the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year crown. The winner will pick up £10,000 in cash plus an all-expenses trip to global fashion capital New York as well as a specs fashion make-over.

A fantastic experience

Fifty year old Derek is looking forward to a fabulous experience and a hugely enjoyable night. ‘As a part-time model I’m used to the stage and the spotlight but this event in London will be on an unbelievably different level. I’ve checked out the photos from previous years and the range of famous guests and celebrity specs wearers is amazing. I’ve been a regional semi-finalist four times to date and I’m thrilled to now reach the Grand Final.’

Congratulations to Derek

Belfast Victoria Square store directors Neal Kerr, Sinead Donnelly and David Maguire are delighted with Derek’s success in the competition. ‘Derek is a real character and a superb ambassador for glasses and specs wearers. Derek’s workplace is close to our store and he has been a regular customer of ours for many years. It’s just fantastic that Derek will now be part of the London final and everyone at Victoria Square Specsavers hopes that he will go on to lift the trophy on 11 October,’ said Sinead Donnelly on behalf of the Victoria Square based store team.

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