Adventure Land worker, Poppy Burry-Jones has been chosen from thousands of proud glasses wearers as a regional semi-finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

The 18-year-old, who was born and bred in Southend 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. 

‘I couldn’t believe it when I got the call’

Poppy, who has been wearing glasses for the past five years said: ‘When I saw the application for Spectacle Wearer of the Year I just thought it looked like a great opportunity and thought “why not?” I couldn’t believe it when I got the call to say I was a regional semi-finalist.’

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

She took the opportunity to try Specsavers’ innovative Framestyler technology to help choose a new pair of specs, ahead of the next round of judging.

Having just finished her exams and waiting for her results, Poppy is hoping to go to university to study Psychology. She said: ‘It was actually a real relief when I started wearing glasses. I was failing at school because I couldn’t see the board and I was really shy so didn’t want to ask anyone and I couldn’t see my homework. As soon as I got them I went up two grades’

Good luck Poppy

Store director of Specsavers in Southend, John Staunton said: ‘It was such a pleasure to have Poppy instore to meet us and we’re so happy to have her representing Southend in Spectacle Wearer of the Year. We hope she goes all the way to winning the title. Good luck Poppy!’

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

When asked to give advice to other specs-wearers Poppy said: ‘For a while, I had purple lenses because I’m dyslexic and some of the girls would make nasty comments, but then they would come in with similar ones. I would say to people who are starting with specs, take your time to find the right pair for you – I like anything blue and sparkly – but if people make comments, half the time it’s just because they want them too so just enjoy it.’

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