Dungannon man eyes up the top award in Specsavers competition

Dungannon man Brian O�"Neill has won a semi-finalist award in this year�"s Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.
Dungannon man Brian O�"Neill has won a semi-finalist award in this year�"s Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Brian O’Neill from Dungannon has won a regional semi-finalist award in this year’s Specsavers organised Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Brian (64) will now go forward to the next stage of judging and could be in with a chance of winning through to the Grand Final in London on October 11.

Spectacle Wearer of the Year was launched earlier this year by former Pussycat Dolls singer, Kimberly Wyatt.

The singer and Masterchef champion will present the trophy to the eventual winner at a star studded event held in prestigious London venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue on October 11.

The overall award winner secures £10,000 in cash, a glasses wardrobe from Specsavers worth £1000 and an all-expenses trip to global fashion capital, New York.

Category finalists will each receive a VIP make-over and will get the chance to mingle with celebrities at the special gala ceremony.

Craigavon store director JP Rice presented Brian with a bottle of champagne and a £150 Specsavers voucher.

The team at Specsavers in Rushmere Shopping Centre were delighted that one of their longstanding customers was amongst the 10 semi-finalists in Northern Ireland.

Craigavon store director JP Rice said: “Brian is a fantastic ambassador for glasses and we’d like to wish him well for the next stage of judging.”

Brian, who is retired, has worn glasses for over 17 years and names Elton John and Gok Wan amongst his celebrity ‘specs’ inspiration.

The competition, which is now in its twenty-first year, covered five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s, as well as a Facebook favourite, which is voted for by members of the public.

For each Spectacle Wearer of the Year entry, Specsavers donated £1 to charity Kidscape adding to the £300,000 the campaign has raised for the charity over the last six years.