Top specwearer Lucie Stevenson popped into the Falkirk shop that helped launch her amazing year.
The 19-year-old from Carron was named the UK’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year last November at a star-studded event in London.
As her reign comes to an end, she visited the town centre branch of Specsavers to thank the staff for all their support.
She said: “My life has certainly changed from this time last year. Winning the competition has really boosted my confidence and I am a lot more outgoing.
“Part of the prize was a year’s modelling contract with MOT models so I had regular work in London which was a great experience. I also won a two-week holiday to Barbados, which was just amazing.”
She was also recently a judge in The Falkirk Herald’s Face of Falkirk competition.
Spectacle Wearer of the Year is an annual competition which aims to find girls and guys who look amazing in their specs.
Last year, Lucie found herself in the Scottish semi-final after being entered by her boyfriend, Gregor Buchanan, who spotted the competition poster in the Falkirk branch.
She added: “When I got the phone call saying I was a semi-finalist I had no idea what to expect. I just thought I would go and see how I got on.
‘‘But when I was announced the Scottish winner, I couldn’t believe that I was going to London for the grand final.
“And when my name was announced at the final I was just gobsmacked – I just didn’t expect it.”
Thanking the staff in the High Street opticians, Lucie said: “I have been wearing glasses since I was in P4 and although I was quite self-conscious when I first got them, I soon started to love wearing my glasses. They are a huge part of who I am.
“It has been great to come into the store to see the staff and of course get my eyes tested – they always take really good care of me and I love checking out the new ranges.”
Store manager Zander McNaughton said: “Lucie understands the importance of getting regular eye examinations as part of her healthcare routine. She is an amazing young woman and a great ambassador for Specsavers.”