Search on for Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2018

Calling all stylish glasses wearers in Athlone! Steps superstar Claire Richards has kicked off the search for the nation’s proudest specs wearers, with a €12,000 cash prize up for grabs!

To mark the launch of Specsavers' annual search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2018, Claire took part in a sensational new photo-shoot, showcasing her own fabulous specs style.

Glasses wearers from across Athlone, aged 16 and older, can put themselves forward for the prestigious accolade. Finalists will attend the uber-glam awards ceremony in London, with one overall winner scooping the top award and cash prize.

Having picked up the Specs Appeal gong at last year’s awards, Claire said: ‘I’ve been a glasses wearer for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love to mix things up and try a geek-chic frame one day and then a sexy cat’s eye the next.

‘Winning the Specs Appeal Award last year was incredibly flattering and it was an honour to share a room with so many proud and fabulous glasses wearers. I can’t wait to see all the nominees this year. I’m sure there’s going to be some real corkers!’

Keith McCallion, store director at Specsavers Athlone, added: ‘We’re asking all glasses wearers in Athlone to stand up and share their best selfie with us for this amazing opportunity. Not only is it a perfect opportunity to showcase their personal specs style to the country, each entry helps raise funds for Specsavers charity partner, The National Council for the Blind, Ireland. The work they do to support those affected by blindness is invaluable.’

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

For each entry made €1 will be donated to the National Council for the Blind, Ireland.

To be in with a chance of winning, enter the competition online at


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