Lucie Adds a Dash of Specs Appeal
Monday, 14 May 2012
Some of Scotland's top referees were whistling for a very different reason today (Monday, 14th May 2012) - as catwalk sensation Lucie Stevenson helped them launch the new Scottish Football Association match officials' kit at Hampden.
The reigning Spectacle Wearer of the Year, from Falkirk, lined up alongside Craig Thomson, Derek Rose and Alasdair Ross as they modelled the uniform they will wear at the Scottish Cup final on Saturday 19th May.
Lucie (19) scooped first place at the 15th annual celeb-studded Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards final in London last year - and has since embarked upon a glittering modelling career.
'The past few months have been a whirlwind of excitement, since I won Spectacle Wearer of the Year,' says Lucie.
'To be able to get involved in events like this one with the Scottish Football Association match officials at Hampden today, is just another example of the exciting opportunities I've had since I landed the title.
'I've been down to London to do modelling shoots for some big high street names which is a dream come true, and even spent a month in my agency's "model house", which was an amazing experience and gave me the chance to meet new friends with the same aspirations.
'I didn't think for a second I would win but am so glad I put that entry form in now. For anyone thinking about it, I would urge you to go for it because I can vouch for the fact it can be life-changing.'
Specsavers Scotland regional chair Jim Quinn says: 'When we heard the match officials were going to be modelling their new kit we thought Lucie should be on hand to show them how it's done.
'At Specsavers it is our job to champion style as well as professionalism, and combining the reigning Spectacle Wearer of the Year with the Scottish Football Association's match officials certainly demonstrates the best of both those qualities.
'She is a great example of how the Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition can give people opportunities they never thought would be possible, and the fact that she came from the Scottish heats to win the overall UK final was just fantastic.
'We're proud to have our brand on this great-looking new kit and to be able to continue to provide essential grassroots assistance in referee training and development, which positively impacts every aspect of the game in Scotland.'
Specsavers' nationwide search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2012 is already under way, and ordinary people who look extraordinary in their glasses can enter either at their local store or by logging on to www.specsavers.co.uk/competition or www.facebook.com/Specsavers.
Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers
Specsavers notes to editors
- Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world. The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director.
- Specsavers has more than 1,600 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
- Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group was £1.5 billion for 2010/2011 and is forecast to reach £1.6 billion in 2011/2012.
- 7.6m customers used Specsavers in 2011 - more than in any other year.
- Specsavers Optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners. Together, they offer both optical and hearing services under one roof.
- Specsavers employs more than 30,000 staff.
- Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the tenth year running by the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands survey 2011.
- More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers* - 10,800,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2011.
- Specsavers was ranked No 1 for both eye tests and glasses in the UK*.
- Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world.
- Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
- Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it raised more than £250,000 to fund various projects.
- Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas, for use in developing countries. Specsavers has raised over £550,000 for the charity since 2006, with almost £250,000 going towards its work in Zambia.