Specsavers’ launch nationwide search for spectacle wearer of the year

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ACTRESS Kara Tointon is eyeing up budding models in Forfar as she launches Specsavers’ nationwide search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2011.

The Strictly Come Dancing winner and former Eastenders actress is helping the UK’s largest optical retailer to find ordinary people who look extraordinary in their glasses.

Kara (pictured) said: “It is important that children and teenagers who need to wear glasses for reading and learning are not put off wearing them because they are teased. All proceeds from this competition go to the anti-bullying charity Kidscape, sending a very strong message to bullies and giving children the confidence to wear their glasses loud and proud.”

Specsavers will donate £1 for every eligible competition entry to the charity, as well as all proceeds from a high profile auction led by Specsavers ambassador Gok Wan, which will take place at the competition final in London in November. Every year, Specsavers scours the UK to find the girls and boys next door who look amazing in their specs. The competition is open to men and women aged 16 and over, who are current specs wearers or wear glasses for fashion purposes. Specsavers and top London agency MOT Models will be specs-spotting this summer in city centres up and down the country.

Blair Michie, store director at Specsavers in Forfar, says: “We see so many people in the store who look absolutely amazing in their glasses. The Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition gives us the opportunity to shout about the talent right on our doorstep who wear their specs with pride and plenty of style – and who are great role models for younger specs wearers to aspire to.”

The winner will scoop a one year modelling contract with top London agency MOT Models, a two week premier, all-inclusive holiday for two in Barbados or St Lucia courtesy of Virgin Holidays and Almond Resorts with £250 worth of spending money, a makeover with TV celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton, a year’s supply of skincare products from Simple, a goody bag including hair and skincare products, a £150 Specsavers eyecare voucher and the Spectacle Wearer of the Year trophy. Entries can be made at any Specsavers store, by logging on to www.specsavers.co.uk or www.facebook.com/SpectacleWearerOfTheYear. The closing date for entries is Saturday, July 30.