A Penzance man has been chosen out of hundreds of people across the South West region as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

20th annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards

Romolo Vercesi, aged 67, from Penzance could win £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if she wins, as well as a chance to mingle with the stars at the 20th annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

Glasses wearers have been showing off their specs style by sharing their selfies online and entering in stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Romolo was invited to visit his local Specsavers store in Camborne to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

Getting through to the final

Specsavers Penzance store director David Johnson says: ‘It’s brilliant that one of Penzance’s own has been selected for such an exciting opportunity.

‘We just want to congratulate Romolo and wish him good luck in getting through to the final.’

Chance to meet the stars

The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year. If Romolo triumphs in his age category, he could meet Emma at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 6 October.

There are five age categories – 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and 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.

The ultimate Spectacle Wearer of the Year winner will receive £10,000, plus a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of Atlantis Paradise Island and a wardrobe of specs to suit every style.

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