British pop couple Natasha Hamilton and Richie Neville, Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton and TV veteran Anne Robinson all proved they had ‘specs appeal’ as winners at this week’s 20th annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards.
Talent show judge Louis Walsh also flaunted his ‘specs factor’ on the night as a guest judge of the competition which celebrates ordinary spectacles wearers and celebrities who look good in their eyewear.
Fresh from the Celebrity Big Brother house, former Atomic Kitten singer Ms Hamilton and her partner Mr Neville, of the pop band Five, were jointly awarded the Style Star title at the event, which is hosted in aid of the anti-bullying charity, Kidscape.
Ms Hamilton said: “As anyone who watched CBB would have seen, I love my specs and I love them big and dramatic. Your glasses should be as much of a fashion statement as any other accessory you wear, there is so much choice now and a huge variety of styles to choose from.”
She added: “My advice to anyone buying a new pair of specs is to choose a pair that you feel reflects you rather than trying to go with a specific trend. I also love Ritchie in his glasses, they really suit him.”
Mr Neville added: “It’s great fun to receive this award and hopefully inspire others, especially kids, to wear their glasses with pride.”
Spice Girl and radio presenter Emma Bunton launched the search for Britain’s best spectacles wearers earlier this year and appeared on the night to present the overall winner and celebrity awards.
Dancer Kevin Clifton, who is in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with EastEnders actress Kellie Bright, was crowned Best Newcomer at the London event.
Mr Clifton said: “I’d be lost without my specs. I have to wear them for training and love to wear them to make a fashion statement. They are a genuine part of my look so I’m really chuffed to receive this award and it’s all for a great cause too.”
Outspoken TV presenter and journalist, Anne Robinson, was awarded the Services to Specs prize for decades of dedicated spectacles wearing.
“I’m thrilled to win this award. I’m a huge fan of glasses,” she said. “At all times my specs must say: sexy, sassy, clever and wow.”
The awards saw James Adenrele, 27, from Milton Keynes, presented with the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2015 prize. He wins £10,000, a holiday to the Bahamas and a £1,000 Specsavers eye care voucher.
Held at renowned London venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue (6 November), the awards night was hosted by actor and comedian Bradley Walsh and attended by countless spectacles-wearing stars including Brian McFadden of former Westlife, television and radio personality Vogue Williams, fashion icon Twiggy and actor Christopher Biggins.
Also at the event were Allo ‘Allo! star Vicki Michelle and Made in Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock. The Only Way is Essex stars Joey Essex and Ferne McCann were there, along with their former co-star Lucy Mecklenburgh. Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding performed a DJ set to round off the evening.
An auction held on the evening was run by Mr Biggins and helped to bring the amount raised for Kidscape this year to £80,000. It brings the total raised by Specsavers for the charity over the last six years to £330,000.