Could you be 2018’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year? Steps superstar Claire Richards has launched the search for the nation’s proudest glasses wearers – with a cash prize of £10,000 up for grabs.

Last year six Essex residents were chosen as regional finalists in the competition - more than any other county in the UK and Ireland. 

Glasses wearers from across, aged 16 and over, can put themselves forward for the prestigious accolade. Finalists will attend the uber-glam awards ceremony in London, with one overall winner scooping the top award and cash prize.  

Claire has specs appeal

At last year’s event Steps star Claire was awarded the Specs Appeal trophy. She said: ‘I’ve been a glasses wearer for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love to mix things up and try a geek-chic frame one day and then a sexy cat’s eye the next.

‘Winning the Specs Appeal award last year was incredibly flattering and it was an honour to share a room with so many proud and fabulous glasses wearers.  I can’t wait to see all the nominees this year – I’m sure there’s going to be some real corkers!’

Kevin Cameron, store director at Specsavers Epping, says ‘I wasn’t surprised to hear about Essex being full of glamorous glasses wearer. We’re hoping this year that Essex will take the title again and hopefully someone from Epping Forest.’

Supporting bullying charity Kidscape

One pound will be donated to Kidscape for each entry made. The money raised will help to support the charity in providing practical support to children and families affected by bullying, including advice resources, phone support and workshops. The competition has raised more than half a million pounds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape over the past nine years.

Claire adds: ‘Bullying is an issue that has always been close to my heart so I’m proud to be representing a competition that supports a charity like Kidscape. The work they do to support individuals and families affected by bullying is invaluable.’

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s – plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October.

To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition online at Deadline for entries is 1 July 2018.

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