A Bristol woman has been chosen from thousands of proud glasses wearers as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.
Originally from Preston, 48-year-old Horfield resident, Jane Gregory could follow in the footsteps of last year’s Award winner, Love Island hunk Alex Miller, winning £10,000 and the chance to mingle with the stars at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.
Jane, who runs a vegan bakery business, was invited to her local Specsavers store in Filton to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £125 glasses voucher plus a free sight test. She also took the opportunity to try Specsavers’ innovative Framestyler technology to help choose a new pair of specs, ahead of the next round of judging.
‘I think wearing glasses can really boost your confidence,’ said Jane. ‘I honestly find it liberating, especially with so many styles and frames now to suit everyone. Go big, go bold and embrace it. I wouldn't be without my specs now.'
‘When I heard the news that I was a regional finalist, it took a while to sink in and I still can't quite believe it now,' she continued. 'I made a spontaneous decision to move to Bristol about 20 years ago and I never expected the move to go as well as it has. I pursued my passion to become a vegan baker and I'm now living my dream in this fantastic city. Putting myself forward for this competition was much the same; I can’t believe I’ve made it to this stage after a spur of the moment decision to share my selfie.’
‘It was lovely to meet Jane and present her with the prizes,’ said Specsavers Filton store manager, Maria Matuszak. ‘She's a lovely person, looked fabulous in her specs and had a striking smile – the pictures looked great! We are all crossing our fingers that she can go one step further and make the final.’
The awards were launched by Steps star Claire Richards earlier this year. If she triumphs in her age category, Jane will meet Claire and rub shoulders with many other celebs at the glitzy awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue in October.
There are five age categories – 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and over 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.