Pearl’s a win­ner – great- grand­mother eyes up re­gional op­ti­cians ac­co­lade

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

Pearl Stock­ham, 90, is a re­gional fi­nal­ist in Spec­savers’ Spec­ta­cle Wearer of the Year con­test.

The great- grand­mother of two was se­lected in the South East re­gion’s over- 60s age cat­e­gory, re­ceiv­ing vouch­ers worth £ 150 and a bot­tle of Cham­pagne.

Mrs Stock­ham was en­cour­aged to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion by staff at Spec­savers in Alder­shot, who no­ticed her ‘ youth­ful looks and zest for life’.

Store di­rec­tor Man­ish Soni, said: “Pearl has been a loyal cus­tomer here for more than 30 years and we are de­lighted for her.

“We wish her all the best for the next stage of judg­ing.”

Mrs Stock­ham, a res­i­dent at Kings­ley Court re­tire­ment com­plex in the town, was a Sec­ond World War evac­uee as a child and worked at the tele­phone ex­change for 25 years.

Her roots with Alder­shot stem from her par­ents’ mil­i­tary ca­reers.

Her fa­ther was a solider and her mother was in the Aux­il­iary Ter­ri­to­rial Ser­vice ( ATS).

Her family moved to Alder­shot af­ter the war and, af­ter spells in Ex­eter and Barn­sta­ble, she de­cided to re­turn to the town when she re­tired.

“When I re­ceived the call to say I was a re­gional fi­nal­ist, I thought it was a prank and my daugh­ter was in hys­ter­ics when told her,” she said.

“Even if I don’t win the fi­nal prize it has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence and I had a lovely day meet­ing the Alder­shot team for my pho­to­shoot and col­lect­ing my prizes.”

The chain’s com­pe­ti­tion has been run­ning for 22 years and ev­ery en­try raises £ 1 for the anti- bul­ly­ing chil­dren’s char­ity Kid­scape.

Nearly £ 15,000 has been raised for the char­ity. The awards cer­e­mony will be held in Lon­don in Oc­to­ber.

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