Northampton optometrist helps town musician get better view of his fans

Northampton musician Billy Lockett. with optometrist Brian Tompkins NNL-150701-155444001
Northampton musician Billy Lockett. with optometrist Brian Tompkins NNL-150701-155444001

An optometrist from Northampton has helped rising music star Billy Lockett to get a better view of his fans at his next gig after he provided him with some specially-designed contact lenses.

The 23-year-old, who is from Northampton, has already seen success in the form of a top 40 single and a sold-out UK tour and he has supported the likes of KT Tunstall and Birdy.

He is the son of legendary Northampton artist John Luce Lockett, who died at the age of 62 last May after fighting a long battle with prostate cancer.

John was a schoolfriend of Brian Tompkins, the owner of Tompkins, Knight & Son Optometrists in Kingsley Road in Northampton and Brian has now stepped in to help Billy improve his eyesight.

The piano-playing singer said: “I’ve got terrible eyesight, my mum wears these great big jam jar style glasses and I’m not far behind. I really have struggled to see people in the crowd at my gigs.

“I was told I can’t wear glasses on stage as it’s not very rock and roll and they might fall off onto the piano when I’m playing, which would be a nightmare.”

Mr Tompkins said: “Billy has been a customer of ours for many years. We were delighted to be able to help find a lens that’s perfect for his work and life on the road.”

The ultra-thin ‘Miru’ lens contains a blend of chemicals which attracts water molecules for high ‘wettability’ and all-day comfort. It is distributed in the UK by lens supplier David Thomas, based in Round Spinney, Northampton.

Billy said: “The new lenses are amazing. I’m really grateful to the Tompkins, Knight & Son team for all their help and I look forward to seeing everyone in the crowd at my forthcoming UK tour in the spring.”