A man from Cardiff has reached the regional finals of the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Greg Harmer, 38, has been named a Welsh regional finalist within his age category and is in with a chance of winning the main prize - a £1,000 voucher for Specsavers and £10,000 cash.

Mr Harmer, who is head of recruitment at a Newport-based firm, entered the competition online after seeing it on Facebook.

Not just an accessory

‘I used to be really self-conscious about my glasses but now I embrace it and incorporate it into my style,’ he said. ‘There is so much variety these days people can treat glasses as an accessory as well as necessity.’

To mark his progression to the regional finals, Mr Harmer was invited to the Queen Street store, where he was presented with a certificate, bottle of champagne and £150 to spend in the store.

The 2017 awards were launched earlier this year by multi-platinum pop star, Nadine Coyle, who won the ‘Best Specs Newcomer’ award at last year’s event.

VIP treatment

The five age categories are: 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. The winner will receive a VIP makeover at a star-studded awards ceremony in London.

Store manager, Lisa Vidler, says: ‘Greg looks fantastic in his frames and is a worthy finalist in our region. We wish him the best of luck and hopes he progresses further.’

For each entry, £1 has been donated to the anti-bullying charity, Kidscape. The competition has raised over £400,000 and will help support Kidscape to provide training, advice and support for those who may be affected by bullying in the UK.

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