George Florentine, a student from Leatherhead has been chosen out of hundreds of people across the South East as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Teen in the running to win £10,000

George, 19 could win £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if he 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.

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

Ambassador to young specs-wearers

George commented: ‘A girl friend suggested that we both enter the competition, but I never thought I would be a regional finalist. I have been wearing glasses from the age of five. Now in my late teens, I have really started to have fun with it and have enjoyed defining my own sense of style. I am currently wearing a Specsavers pair of glasses that are very ‘Harry Potter-esque’. I get lots of compliments about them. They definitely suit my whole ‘university student’ persona!’

Specsavers store director Glen MacGregor said: ‘The team is thrilled that George is representing Leatherhead as a regional finalist. Not only does he look the part, he is a great ambassador for young people who may have just started wearing glasses. George really embraces the fun side of wearing glasses, picking out a pair that makes a great fashion statement. We wish him all the best in the next stage of the competition.’

Celeb-packed event

The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year. If he triumphs in his age category of 16-24, George could meet Emma at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 6 October.

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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