Catherine Moody from Plymouth has been selected as a regional finalist in Specsavers’ annual search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

The 61-year-old from Plymouth has qualified as a regional finalist in the South West over 60s age category. She attended a prize giving at Specsavers Plymouth where she was awarded a certificate, bottle of champagne and £150 eyewear voucher.

Grandmother to two boys, with another due any day now, Catherine juggles working part time in a chiropody clinic with looking after her grandchildren. She has been a specs wearer for 50 years.

A history of wearing specs

Catherine said: ‘When I first started wearing glasses, they were the old fashioned thick rimmed national health glasses. I was 11 years old though so it didn’t matter. By the time I reached 15, I became very self-conscious. I used to work in a boutique and would take my glasses off so I’d look nice for the boys that came in. I couldn’t see the boys of course but I wanted to look nice for them.

‘I’ve had every style of glasses you can imagine. I’ve had thin ones, thick ones and great big ones in the eighties. Now I wear varifocals and contact lenses.

‘If I won £10,000 I would take all 11 members of my family to Disneyland Paris and create some treasured memories for us all to look back on in the years to come.’

Congratulations from the Specsavers Plymouth team

Dr Josie Forte, Specsavers Plymouth store director, said: ‘We are delighted that Catherine has made it through as a regional finalist. She is a great ambassador to the over 60s as she clearly loves her specs and looks great in them. Best of luck Catherine in the next round of judging.’

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