A Colchester woman has been chosen out of hundreds of people across Anglia as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Fantastic prizes

Amanda Smith 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.

Amanda was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Colchester to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

A word from the director

Specsavers store director Louise Stanton said: ‘Amanda has done incredibly well to be selected from the thousands of applicants in her category. The team thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and it’s clear to see why she was selected as a regional semi-finalist. We all have our fingers crossed that Amanda will go on to be the overall winner of the competition.’

The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year. If she triumphs in her age category of 45-59, Amanda could meet Emma at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 6 October.

Grand Final

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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