A style-savvy grandmother from Liverpool is celebrating after being selected from hundreds of people across the North West as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.
Rose-Marie Jamieson, aged 61, is in the running to win £10,000 in cash and an all-expenses trip to New York, as well as a chance to join the stars at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards this autumn.
As a finalist, the glamorous spectacle-wearer was invited to her local Specsavers store in Liverpool Lord Street to collect her prize and attend a special photoshoot.
To her delight, she received a bottle of champagne, her favourite tipple, as well as a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher at the store.
Rose-Marie entered the competition via Facebook and had forgotten about her entry until she received the call telling her she was a finalist, so was suitably taken aback on hearing the news: ‘I was pleasantly surprised when I received the call - I didn’t expect it at all!'
She continues: ‘I have to say, I have grown to love wearing my frames, which have been a part of my look for 20 years now. I have pairs in a range of colours – just so that I can match them to whatever I want to wear.'
A popular family accessory
‘We love glasses in my family. My grandson wears specs even though he doesn’t need them to correct his vision. He gets his glasses fitted with plain glass as part of his look. I think its great young people see them as fashionable now, as that wasn’t always the case.’
Steve Bryan store director at Liverpool Lord Street says it’s exciting to have a finalist on our patch. ‘Rose-Marie looks fantastic in her frames and it was a pleasure to award her with her champagne and certificate today. We are all rooting for her to win here at the store.
Now in its 21st year, the competition raises valuable funds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape, which has totalled £300,000 to date. This will help to support them in providing training, support and advice for children, parents, schools and those who may be affected by cases of bullying and abuse in the UK.
Kimberly Wyatt, singer, dancer, MasterChef champion and mum, proudly supports this year’s campaign and if he triumphs in his age category, Rose-Marie could meet Kimberley at the celeb-packed awards ceremony in London in October.
Suitable for all ages
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. All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.