The eyes have it in Arbroath

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A team from an Arbroath opticians have been out in force encouraging locals to celebrate their glasses by entering a national competition.

As part of the Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards, Specsavers staff have been speaking to locals wearing their glasses with pride in the Abbeygate Shopping Centre and asking them to enter the competition.

In aid of national anti-bullying charity, Kidscape, Specsavers will also donate £1 to the charity for every entry to the competition.

This year’s overall winner will be presented with £10,000 in cash and a dream holiday to the Bahamas at a star-studded awards event hosted by Gok Wan later this year.

The competition is always extremely popular in Arbroath and last year local women, Maureen Fairweather and Jacqueline Cargill, were chosen from hundreds of entries from across Scotland to be named Spectacle Wearer of the Year regional finalists in the 60+ category.

Cat Black, from Specsavers Arbroath, says: ‘It was great to be out in the local community encouraging people to get involved in the competition. We got some brilliant shots of people proving just how stylish glasses can be. Not only does the competition encourage more people to feel comfortable wearing glasses, but it raises vital funding for charity.

‘We will also be hosting our own Arbroath Spectacle Wearer of the Year final for everyone in the area who enters the competition in-store.’

There are four age categories – 16-24; 25-39; 40-59 and 60+, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and will attend the celebrity-studded grand final in London at 8 Northumberland Avenue on 07 October.

To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, specs wearers can enter the competition online,, via Facebook,, or at Specsavers Arbroath.