Two local residents have been chosen out of hundreds of people across Anglia as regional finalists for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Lucky pair

Lee Hasledon and Kemi Quadri could win £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if they win, 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.

Lee and Kemi were invited to visit their local Specsavers store in Romford to receive, a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

Excitement in store

Specsavers store director Andrew Aiston said: ‘It’s amazing to have two of our own customers chosen as regional finalists in this fantastic competition. It is important to show all glasses wearers, of all ages, that they should embrace their specs and be confident. ‘We wish both Lee and Kemi all the best for the next stage of the competition!’

The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year. If they triumph in their respective categories, Lee and Kemi could meet Emma at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 6 October.

Tough competition

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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