An Oswestry woman has been chosen from thousands of proud glasses wearers as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Judith Lea, aged 54, from Oswestry 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.  

Stunning selfies

Glasses wearers across the UK and Republic of Ireland have been showing off their specs style by sharing their selfies online throughout the spring and summer.

Judith, who’s a nurse and foot health practitioner, was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Oswestry to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £125 glasses voucher and a free eye test. She also took the opportunity to try Specsavers’ innovative Frame Styler technology which will help her choose a new pair of specs, ahead of the next round of judging.

'why not'

‘I’ve worn glasses since I was 15 years old, so feel pretty comfortable in them,’ said Judith. ‘It was actually my son who encouraged me to enter the competition and I thought why not - but I couldn’t believe it when I got the call to say I was a regional finalist.’

Dawn Cheatham, Oswestry Specsavers store director, added, ‘We’re delighted for Judith – she’s a great specs ambassador and we’ll be rooting for her to make it through to the final.’

The awards were launched by Steps star Claire Richards earlier this year. If she triumphs in her age category, Judith will meet Claire and rub shoulders with many other celebs at the glitzy awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue in October. 

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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