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

Valerie Haylett, aged 68 from Allestree, 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.

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

Valerie says: ‘I’ve been visiting Specsavers in Derby since it opened over 20 years ago. I saw an advert for the competition in the paper and thought 'why not?' so I entered online. I can’t believe I’m a step closer to winning a holiday to the Bahamas - I’m keeping my fingers crossed!’

Raj Gohil, store director at Specsavers in Derby, says: ‘It’s fantastic that one of our most valued customers is in with a chance of being crowned Spectacle Wearer of the Year! I wish Valerie the very best of luck.’

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