Keith Harcourt Jukes from North Swindon has been picked from thousands of specs wearers across the country as a regional finalist in the 2017 Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

The 69-year-old, who also reached the same stage of the competition last year, is retired but used to serve in the air force. As well as being a keen golfer, Keith lives in Spain for four months of the year at his daughter’s house.

For a good cause

‘I saw the competition on Facebook and sent a photo in and from there it has turned out to be great fun and it’s for a good cause,’ said Keith.

‘I’ve worn glasses for 30 years now and initially I was very self-conscious of wearing them but that has disappeared and I now love them. Besides being a necessity for driving and playing golf they are a great fashion accessory.

‘I encourage people to wear the best glasses they can afford and even though you might be wearing them because you need them, they can also make you look good.’

Keith visited Specsavers Swindon where he was presented with a certificate, bottle of champagne and £150 eyewear voucher.

Whole team behind him

Steve Kipling, store manager at Specsavers Swindon, said: ‘It was great to meet Keith and the whole team is hoping he can make it through to the grand final. To have someone there from Swindon would be fantastic.’

An overall national winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and the opportunity to mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October. The overall winner from all age categories will win £10,000 cash and £1,000 worth of new glasses.

£1 is being donated to the anti-bullying charity Kidscape for each entry made, with £400,000 raised to date.  The money raised will help to support the charity in providing training, support and advice for children, parents, schools, and those who might be affected by cases of bullying and abuse in the UK.

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