A Hartlepool man has been chosen from thousands of proud glasses wearers as a finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Harry Cole, aged 70, from Hartlepool 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 the stars at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

Prize-winning

Harry was invited to visit his local Specsavers store in Hartlepool to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

Harry Cole, said 'A massive thank you to Specsavers and all the people who voted for me to be the Hartlepool’s finalist of this year’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year. I can’t wait to find out if I’ve made it to the next stage of the competition.'

A word from the store director

Hartlepool Store Director, Ian Walker, said 'We are very excited to see how far Harry will get in the competition, we are all really rooting for him. If he triumphs in his age category, Harry will meet Claire Richards, who launched Spectacle Wearer of the Year, and rub shoulders with many other celebs at the glitzy awards ceremony in London.'

There are five age categories – 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and over 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.

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