The night also saw the Dame Mary Perkins Award for professionalism and expertise, which was presented to the Specsavers store that has made the greatest contribution to raising awareness in the importance of eye care. It was won by Emma Ginger, joint venture partner at the Exeter store, and her team for their vigilance in detecting cranial hypertension in customer Megan Turner, which was a sight and life-threatened condition which required urgent treatment.
Presented by Rylan Clark-Neal and Oti Mabuse, the awards saw specs-wearing stars take over the red carpet, including Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Dame Joan Collins, Dani Dyer, Curtis Pritchard, Maura Higgins, Georgia Toffolo, Martin Kemp, Tulisa, and Kimberly Wyatt.
A big thank you to the sponsors of the 2019 competition: EGO Eyewear, CooperVision, De Rigo, Jeff Banks, Marcolin, Mondottica, Red or Dead, Safilo, Kelfred, Millmead Optical Group, Ouhai Glasses, Seiko, Specialist, Wenzhou Loverdoor, Wenzhou Weilan Optical Company, An-Ti Design, AVM, Aspex Eyewear, Micron, Optimum, Tiger of Sweden and Zhejiang Tongda Optical Company.
TV presenter and comedian Sue Perkins alongside RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage were recognised for their inimitable specs style at the 24th annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards in London in October 2019.
Sue took home the Services to Specs trophy, whilst Michelle received the Spec Style Star. Also taking to the stage was Tom Read Wilson, who was awarded Best Newcomer.
But as always the main focus of the evening, staged for the fifth year running at 8 Northumberland Avenue, was about celebrating everyday specs wearers while raising more than £100,000 for anti-bullying charity Kidscape.
Overall winner Katarzyna Ring, a 30-year-old from London, said she was completely shocked to have won and that to win the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year was amazing.
Katarzyna Ring from London is crowned Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2019.
The 30-year-old said: 'I'm completely shocked to have won. My boyfriend put me forward and I actually forgot I had applied to the competition until I received a phone call to say I had been shortlisted by Specsavers. But to be the winner of the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards is just amazing, I can't believe it.'