Have you got enough specs appeal?

Derek Dubery from Banbridge - Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016
Derek Dubery from Banbridge - Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2016

Glasses wearers in Banbridge are being asked to prove their specs appeal and be in with a chance of winning £10,000 cash.

Nadine Coyle, of the multi-platinum, multi-award winning girl group Girls Aloud, took part in a special photo shoot to launch Specsavers’ annual search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017.

Proud specs wearers from the Banbridge and surrounding area can enter the competition, as long as they are aged 16 and over. Finalists will attend the star-studded awards ceremony in London, with one overall victor claiming the coveted title and the five figure prize.

Last year’s winner was Banbridge man Derek Dubery and there is a chance that another local spectacle wearer could keep the title in the area.

Nadine, who was crowned Best Specs Newcomer at the 2016 Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards, said: “I realised I needed glasses to drive and read last year and I’ve been building up my specs wardrobe ever since. I’ve been experimenting with some fab new optical styles, such as cat’s eyes and transparent frames. I can’t believe what I’ve been missing for all these years.

“I was thrilled to win the newcomer award last year, so it’s a real honour to help with the search to find the 2017 Spectacle Wearer of the Year.”

Wayne Watson, store director at Specsavers in Banbridge said: “We’re asking all glasses wearers in the area to pucker up and share their best selfie. Not only is it perfect opportunity to showcase their personal specs style to the country, each entry helps raise funds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape.”

The competition has raised more than £400,000 for Kidscape over the past six years.

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s – plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and the opportunity to mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October.

£1 will be donated to Kidscape for each entry made. The money raised will help to support the charity in providing training, support and advice for children, parents, schools, and those who may be affected by cases of bullying and abuse in the UK.

To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition online at www.specsavers.co.uk/loveglassescomp.