A Darlington man has been chosen out of hundreds of people across the region as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Jonathan Gibbon, aged 46, from Darlington could win £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if he 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. Jonathan was invited to visit his local Specsavers store in Darlington to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

A word from Jonathan

Jonathan said, ' I was delighted, as well as shocked, to hear I had reached this stage of a national competition. I have to give credit to my father who nominated me!'

A word from the store director

Gery Learmont, store director of Darlington Specsavers said, 'Well done to Jonathan on his success so far. Here's hoping for a winner from Darlington!'

More about the awards

The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year. If he triumphs in his age category, Jonathan 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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