Prize named after optician Derek Mclaren

Derek McLaren wearing the chain of the Master of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
Derek McLaren wearing the chain of the Master of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers
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A LEADING optician who died of cancer in August has had an annual industry award named after him.

Derek McLaren, who was 75 and lived in The Street, South Luffenham, has been honoured by the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians for his work during an extensive career.

Mr McLaren’s widow Christine presented the Derek McLaren Memorial Prize to student Brian Rodger at Canterbury Cathedral.

She will now present the award annually to the student who performs best in the Association of British Dispensing Opticians final qualifying exams.

Mrs McLaren said: “Derek would have been very humbled, but also extremely honoured, by this award in his memory as optics was his life.

“The ceremony was moving but very rewarding and was a lovely occasion.

“The president’s address was all about Derek and his achievements.

“It is a huge honour and I am very proud of him.”