A 90-year-old woman has been named a regional finalist in Specsavers’ annual search for its Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Dorothy King, from Bawdsey in Suffolk, has beaten off thousands in the East of England to become a regional finalist in the 60+ age category.  If Dorothy makes it through, she could follow in the footsteps of last year’s Award winner, Love Island hunk Alex Miller, winning £10,000 and the chance to mingle with celebrities at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards in October.

Spectacle Wearer of the Year

Dorothy was shocked to get the phone call that she had been selected as a regional semi-finalist, as she hadn’t entered herself. She said: ‘My granddaughter Alice was actually the person who entered me for the competition and I knew nothing about it until I got the phone call, which was a lovely surprise. She often encouraging me to do weird and wonderful things.’

The former telephonist who originally comes from the Cotswolds first started wearing glasses in the 1960s when her job began using Visual Display Units. ‘I’d never needed glasses before then,’ continued Dorothy, ‘but once VDUs became mandatory, suddenly everyone needed them.’

Dorothy popped into Specsavers Felixstowe – located at 90 Hamilton Road - to meet store director, Naeem Kazi, who presented her with a bottle of champagne, his regional finalist certificate, a bouquet of flowers and a £125 eyewear voucher to spend in store.

Helped by Frame Styler

To help her choose her new pair of specs, optical assistant Doreen invited Dorothy, to try out Frame Styler. This exciting new technology helps customers find the perfect pair of frames by using facial analysis to scan face shape and features. The end result is a list of the right styles and colours that have been identified to perfectly suit the individual.

Store director of Specsavers in Felixstowe, Naeem Kazi said: ‘It was lovely having Dorothy in. She’s such a charming lady and a fantastic representative for the store. We’re sure she will get through to the final and maybe win the £10,000 award at the end.’

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