Zoe Nugent has won through to the regional finalist stage in this year’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

The West Belfast girl, who works as a solicitor in central Belfast, is a local winner in the 25-34 age category and goes forward to the next round of judging.

The Specsavers organised competition gives regional finalists from five age categories: 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s, plus a Facebook favourite voted by the public, the opportunity to attend a star-studded awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on 10 October.

Nadine Coyle is VIP guest at awards

Derry born former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle will host the gala awards evening and one overall winner will walk away with a cash prize of £10,000 and the coveted title Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017.

Specsavers Park Centre optical assistant, Sharon McBurney presented Zoe with a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 Specsavers voucher.

First wore specs in sixth year

Zoe began wearing glasses when in sixth year at school to help her see the board, for reading and for driving. ‘I got my first eye test while studying A levels at school. Although I was never teased at school it took me a little time to get comfortable with wearing glasses and to find my own specs style.’

‘Now I love my glasses and am very comfortable choosing frames and colours to suit me and my dress style. I’ve even helped my young cousin, who is still at primary school settle into wearing her new specs after initially being teased at school. Now she loves her stylish frames and it was my aunt who then encouraged me to enter Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.’

Delighted to reach finalists stage

‘I’m thrilled to win through to the regional finalists’ stage and would like to thank Specsavers for the opportunity – it’s been great fun.’

Specsavers is once again donating £1 for each entry made to anti-bullying charity Kidscape and funds raised will support the charity in providing training, support and advice for children, parents, schools and those who may be impacted by bullying.

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