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Stars wear their specs aloud and proud

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

POP SENSATIONS Nadine Coyle and George Shelley and antiques guru David Dickinson have proven they all have the specs factor at Specsavers 21st Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards (Tuesday 11 October).

Louis Walsh took a break from his normal X Factor duties to guest judge the awards – in aid of anti-bullying charity Kidscape - that celebrate ordinary specs wearers from across the UK and Ireland who look extraordinary in their glasses.    

David Dickinson, presenter of ITV’s The Real Deal, was honoured for decades of proud specs wearing, collecting the Services to Specs accolade. David said: 'I'm delighted to receive this prestigious award, and hopefully this will let me see things in a whole different light!'

Singer Nadine Coyle was awarded the Best Specs Newcomer award, having picked up her first pair of specs this summer. The former Girls Aloud star said: ‘I love my new glasses and it was great visiting my local Specsavers store to pick out my first pair - they had a wide variety of styles and ranges and the staff were really helpful, it was a really fun experience!  Being a new specs wearer, I feel honoured to be part of something that celebrates people who wear glasses whilst also raising money for Kidscape, a wonderful charity and cause that is really important to me.” 

Taking home the Specs Style Star Award was George Shelley, who has been making waves as a musician, presenter and actor. George said: ‘Specs have always been a big part of my style. I like to make a fashion statement with them and feel they give me real individuality. The awards are amazing, it’s great to celebrate specs style in such a big way.’  

The celebrity awards were handed out on the night by former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, who has worn glasses since she was a teenager and launched the search for Britain’s best specs wearers earlier this year.

Presented by Xtra Factor’s Rylan Clark and held at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue, the awards saw countless other specs-wearing stars grace the green carpet, Joey Essex, Denise Van Outen, Twiggy, Fearne McCann, Sinitta, Ollie Proudlock, JB Gill, Francis Boulle, Ollie Locke, Chloe Madley and boyfriend James Haskel, Amy Willerton and Pete Wicks.

The awards saw Derek Dubery age 50 from Co. Down, presented with the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year prize.

£88,000 raised from award entries, sponsorship, ticket sales and a luxury raffle was donated to Kidscape bringing the total raised by Specsavers for the charity in the last seven years to £418,000.


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Notes to Editors


About the competition

  • The Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2015 winner received an all-inclusive holiday for two in New York courtesy of Icelolly.com, a £10,000 cash prize plus £1,000 to spend on eye care at Specsavers.


Specsavers notes to editors

  • Specsavers is a Partnership of almost 2,000 locally-run businesses throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, all committed to delivering high quality, affordable optical and hearing care in the communities they serve
  • Each store is part-owned and managed by its own directors who are supported by key specialists in support offices that provide a range of services including marketing, accounting, IT and wholesaling, among others
  • There are currently more than 1,200 partners in the UK and Republic of Ireland alone, of whom over 500 have been with the Partnership for at least ten years
  • Specsavers was founded in 1984 by husband and wife team, Doug and Dame Mary Perkins, who pioneered the optical joint venture partnership model and also revolutionised the industry with their innovative concept of affordable, fashionable eyecare for everyone
  • Specsavers is a champion of the National Health Service – of its 19.2m customers in the UK, 60% are from the NHS and the company is the largest provider of free NHS digital hearing aids
  • Specsavers is the largest employer of registered optometrists and dispensing opticians in the UK (around 3,500)
  • Total revenue for the Specsavers Group was over £2 billion in 2014/2015
  • Specsavers stores employ more than 30,000 staff globally
  • 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 2013
  • Specsavers has more than a million customers on contact lenses direct debit schemes. Specsavers' own contact lens brand - easyvision - is the most known on the high street
  • The hearcare business in the UK has established itself as the number one high street provider of adult audiology services to the NHS
  • Specsavers supports several UK charities including Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Sound Seekers, the road safety charity Brake, the anti-bullying charity Kidscape and Vision Aid Overseas, for whom stores have raised enough funds to build a school of optometry in Zambia and open eyecare outreach clinics in much of the country.