Calling all stylish glasses wearers in Paignton! Steps superstar Claire Richards has kicked off the search for the nation’s proudest specs wearers – with a £10,000 cash prize up for grabs.

Glasses wearers from across Paignton, aged 16 and over, can put themselves forward for the prestigious accolade.

Finalists will attend the uber-glam awards ceremony in London, with one overall winner scooping the top award and cash prize.

Celebrity support

Having picked up the Specs Appeal gong at last year’s awards, pop star Claire said: ‘I’ve been a glasses wearer for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love to mix things up and try a geek-chic frame one day and then a sexy cat’s eye the next.

‘Winning the Specs Appeal award last year was incredibly flattering and it was an honour to share a room with so many proud and fabulous glasses wearers. I can’t wait to see all the nominees this year – I’m sure there’s going to be some real corkers!’

A word from the store

Karen Stone and Winnie Maina, store directors at Specsavers Paignton, said: ‘This really is a great opportunity to celebrate what you love about wearing glasses. Last year Annie Reiter made it through as a regional semi-finalist and enjoyed a photo shoot for the day here in Paignton.’

One pound will be donated to Kidscape for each entry made. The money raised will help to support the charity in providing practical support to children and families affected by bullying, including advice resources, phone support and workshops.

How to enter

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. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October.

To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition online at

Deadline for entries is 1 July 2018.

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