Paula Bowering, from Burton on Trent, has been chosen out of hundreds of people across central England as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year. She 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.

A trip to Burton Specsavers

Paula was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Burton on Trent to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

Paula says: ‘I’ve seen the competition running for the past few years, so I thought this year, why not enter? I think it’s great that all the money raised goes to such a fantastic cause, Kidscape. I’m thrilled to have reached the regional semi finals!’ 

Catherine Robinson, store director of Specsavers in Burton on Trent, says: ‘‘We’re so pleased that Paula reached the regional semi-finals, it’s great to celebrate a specs wearer from the Burton on Trent area.’

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, Paula 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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