Local Luton resident Annmarie Vaughan has been named a regional finalist in Specsavers’ annual search for its UK Spectacle Wearer of the Year (SWOTY).
What is Spectacle Wearer of the Year?
Spectacle Wearer of the Year is a competition run annually, that encourages glasses wearers from across the nation, aged 16 and over, to show off their specs style by sharing their selfies online throughout spring and summer.
The awards for 2018 were launched by Steps star Claire Richards earlier this year. 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.
If Annmarie makes it through to the finals, she could follow in the footsteps of last year’s Award winner, Love Island 2018 contestant Alex Miller, winning £10,000 and the chance to mingle with celebrities at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards in October.
40-year-old Annmarie juggles motherhood with her work for ‘Walk for Freedom’, which helps to rehabilitate Luton residents who are drug or alcohol dependent, and she is also a respite carer for a young boy.
The award came as a surprise the mum of one, who said she originally posted a selfie in the office wearing her specs and got such good feedback from her colleagues, that she decided to enter the competition.
Annmarie visited the Luton store earlier this month to meet store director, David Brett-Williams and collect her bottle of champagne, regional finalist certificate and a £125 eyewear voucher to spend in store.
A word from the director
David says: ‘We are thrilled to have such a stylish spec wearer represent Luton at the competition final. It would be an amazing highlight for us to have a winner from the area and we feel very optimistic about her potential to go all the way. Our fingers are crossed that Annmarie brings home the Spectacle Wearer of the Year accolade.’