A Bishop Auckland woman has been chosen out of hundreds of people across the Tyne Tees region as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Jean Bird, aged 75, from Bishop Auckland 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.Jean was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Bishop Auckland to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

A word from Jean

Jean said: 'I was delighted and shocked, to hear I had reached this stage of a national competition. My husband encouraged me to enter so it's credit to him!' 

A word from the store director

Tim Mitchison, store director of Bishop Auckland Specsavers said, 'Well done to Jean on her success so far. Here's hoping that she will be flying the flag for the north east!'

More about the awards

The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year. If she triumphs in her age category, Jean 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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