‘Eye eye’ Arbroath folk looking good!

Eye candy: Marjorie Johnson, finalist in the 60+ category, cuts the cake at the party.
Eye candy: Marjorie Johnson, finalist in the 60+ category, cuts the cake at the party.

The sassy spec-wearers and bespectacled beauties of Arbroath were recently celebrated at a special party hosted by the Abbeygate branch of Specsavers.

As the national final of Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year crowned its 2014 winner, the Arbroath store was keen to honour the people of the town who entered the competition.

Specsavers teamed up with Girls Aloud member, Kimberley Walsh, and anti-bullying charity Kidscape earlier this year to find specs-wearing superstars. More than 13,000 people entered the four age categories - 16-24; 25-39; 40-59 and 60+ - with the winner being announced in London earlier this month.

Everyone from Arbroath who entered the competition was invited to a reception held at Obar.

Cat Black, pre-ref dispensing optometrist at Specsavers, who organised the night, said: “The competition is always hugely popular in Arbroath and it’s so important that we continue to celebrate how great our community looks in their glasses.

“We held our first event last year in the store and it was a massive success so we were keen to go bigger this year. It was great to see so many people come along.”

Winners on the night were Rhys Litchfield and Kayleigh Smith who represented the 16-24 category, while Jennifer Craig and Dawn Pyott were recognised in the 25-39 category.

In the 40-59 category, Kay McQueen and Jeff Petrie were crowned the lucky winners and in the 60+ category, Norah Roy and George Brandie were awarded the top prize.

Each winner was presented with a voucher for new glasses and a bouquet of sweets by Marjorie Johnson, the UK’s 60+ finalist who travelled to London for the grand final.

The night also raised £250 for charity with guests taking part in a silent auction and raffle. They were treated to champagne, nibbles from Greggs and a cake from JM bakery. A fun photobooth was also popular with guests.

Cat added: “Our thanks go to everyone who came along and to those who donated prizes to the auction and raffle. We are also grateful to our judges Maureen Fairweather and Jackie Cargill, last year’s 60+ finalists, and to Marjorie, who was fresh from her trip from London, and presented our winners with their prizes.”