Irvan Risnander, 34 from Leagrave, Bedfordshire rubbed shoulders with an array of glasses wearing celebrities at what has become dubbed as the Oscars for specs wearers last week.
Irvan took to the stage to his Spectacle Wearer of the Year award from dance sensation and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt at last night’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards hosted to raise money for anti-bullying charity Kidscape. Irvan, who is originally from Indonesia and a regular customer at Specsavers in Luton, was selected from hundreds of hopefuls to be crowned the 25-39 age category winner.
The Specsavers awards hosted by fashion guru Gok Wan at the prestigious 8 Northumberland Avenue, saw a green carpet ablaze with bespectacled stars, including The Saturdays’ Vanessa White, celebrity chef Jean Cristophe Novelli and actor Larry Lamb, who were all there to present awards to ordinary British specs wearers who look extraordinary in their glasses.
Irvan said: ‘The whole experience has been incredible. When I first entered the competition, I never thought in a million years that I would be here tonight to celebrate spectacle wearers as a grand finalist. I am honoured to have been a part of a competition which encourages people to wear their glasses with pride and confidence. I would urge all spectacle wearers to embrace their frames and love their glasses.’
Celebrities were also rewarded on the night with former TOWIE star Amy Childs collecting Specsavers’ Style Star award while fellow reality TV personality Gogglebox’s Stephen Webb took home the optician’s Best Newcomer. 80s TV presenter Timmy Mallet also walked away with an award for Services to Specs.
Michaela Williams, 47 from Bridgwater, Somerset picked up a whopping £10,000 and a luxury trip for two to the Bahamas after being named as the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year. Kimberley Walsh, who has been a glasses wearer for six years, launched the search for Britain’s best specs wearers aged 16 and over earlier this year. She appeared on the night to perform a range of musical hits.
An auction held on the evening, run by larger than life TV personality Christopher Biggins saw money-can’t buy lots, including a luxury trip to Costa Del Sol, cooking lessons with legendary chef Jean Christophe Novelli, an iPhone 6 and a week in Mallorca go under the hammer. This brought the total raised by Specsavers for the charity to £45,000 on the night and £200,000 in total over the past five years.
Kimberley Wyatt, who is currently expected her first child, also performed a DJ set to round off the evening. Other stars appearing on the night included Blue singer and Strictly contestant Simon Webbe, who helped judge the competition, TV presenters Dawn O’Porter, Tim Vincent and Darren Kennedy, Masterchef and Strictly contestant Gregg Wallace and Eddie the Eagle Edwards, who once appeared in a Specsavers TV ad.