Eletta Clayton, aged 73, from Todmorden was chosen as a finalist in the over 60s category in Specsavers annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Kaz Hussain from the team at Burnley proudly presented her with a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 Specsavers voucher in store

Puzzling problem

Eletta, who lives in Todmorden, got her first pair of glasses six years ago to help improve her sight while reading.

She said: ‘I really enjoy doing crossword puzzles in my spare time and I slowly began to notice that the small print was getting more and more difficult to read. So I popped into the store for an eye test and that’s when I received my first pair of reading glasses.

‘My sister actually first heard about the competition so she decided to send across a photograph because people always tell me that I suit my glasses and the next thing I know, I received a phone call letting me know I’d been chosen as a finalist. It was a fantastic surprise to say to least.’

Confidence is key

Eletta has some advice for anyone who needs to start wearing glasses but doesn’t feel confident about it: ‘I would say just be proud of wearing them even if you’re not comfortable at first. My granddaughter wears glasses as well and I always tell her how lovely she looks with them on – she never wants to take them off. ’

Kaz Hussain, optical consultant at Specsavers in Burnley, said: ‘We’re thrilled to see one of our customers make it this far in the competition. It was a pleasure to hand Eletta her finalist prizes and it was lovely to meet her in person.’

£1 was donated to the anti-bullying charity Kidscape for each entry made, with £400,000 raised to date.

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