An East Kilbride mum has been chosen from hundreds of people across Scotland as a regional finalist in the renowned Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards. Proud specs wearers from every corner of the UK have entered the competition to be in with a chance of winning fantastic prizes and be crowned Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017.

Amanda Hutchison, who represents the 25-34 age category, fought off tough competition to become one of just 10 regional finalists in Scotland.

She could now scoop £10,000 if she wins the overall competition, as well as a chance to mingle with the stars at the 22nd annual awards hosted by Specsavers in London.

Amanda was invited into her local Specsavers store in East Kilbride where she was presented with a bottle of champagne, certificate and a £150 Specsavers voucher to mark her achievement.

A word from the finalist

Amanda said: ‘I never usually enter competitions at all, but I saw it pop up on my Facebook and thought it would be a bit of fun if something came out of it as I love my glasses, they are just a part of me

‘I have been wearing glasses since I was 15 years old and although I need them to see, I also like wearing a style that goes with my sense of style, so they are a bit of a fashion statement at the same time.

‘I got bullied occasionally in school for wearing glasses but it never stopped me wearing my glasses with pride.

‘I can’t wait to hear if I’ve made it through to the final stages of the competition. The opportunity to attend the awards ceremony in London would be very exciting.’

A word from the store director

Shirley-Ann Kennedy, store director at Specsavers East Kilbride, said: ‘It was very exciting to find out our store had a finalist. It was great welcoming Amanda back into the store to celebrate. We all wish Amanda the best of luck – it would be wonderful to have a finalist representing East Kilbride at the awards.’

The competition aims to celebrate wearing glasses with pride and every entry raises £1 for UK anti-bullying children’s charity Kidscape. To date, more than £400,000 has been raised for the charity.

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