An Antrim woman has been chosen out of hundreds of people across the Northern Ireland as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.
Lorraine Thompson, a healthcare support worker in Antrim Area Hospital could win £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if she wins, as well as a chance to mingle with the stars at the 20th annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.
Glasses wearers have been showing off their specs style by sharing their selfies online and entering in stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Lorraine was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Antrim to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher for making it through as a finalist.
Speaking at the presentation Lorraine said: “I’ve needed glasses since I was 13 and just love wearing them. Glasses give me confidence and are a big part of who I am.
“I have three pairs at the moment and am looking forward to spending my voucher on some more! It would be amazing to be part of the final in London but if not I’ve really enjoyed the competition so far.”
Congratulating Lorraine, Specsavers store manager, Ita Armour, said: “Lorraine and her children have been coming to Specsavers in Antrim for over three years.
“She’s a great ambassador for glasses wearers as she genuinely enjoys wearing them and looks great in many different styles.
“Lorraine has done incredibly well to be selected as a regional finalist given the huge volume of entries and everyone in our Antrim store is rooting for her as she moves forward to the next stage.”
The awards were launched by Spice Girls singer and Heart FM DJ Emma Bunton earlier this year.
If she triumphs in her age category, Lorraine could meet Emma at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 6 October.
All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.
The ultimate Spectacle Wearer of the Year winner will receive £10,000, plus a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of Atlantis Paradise Island and a wardrobe of specs to suit every style.