Every year for the past few years, I have gone to visit a small cul-de-sac in my hometown who all participate in decorating their houses in lights for local charities. Even though they have been participating for this in 22 years. I was only made aware of this a couple of years ago.
This year the chosen charities are: Diverse Abilities PLUS, Forest Holme Hospice & Alzheimer’s Society. Last year the road made £4000 for the local charities from collection boxes located all around the road in addition to two cheques for £1200 handed in to Forest Holme Hospice and Youth Cancer Trust.
Spectators average from 100 to 200 on weeknights, 800 to 1,000 a weekends and around 2,000 people on Christmas Eve.
The tradition started when one neighbour put up decorations and another neighbour tried to out do him. Since then about 90% of the street have participated in the tradition.
A resident at no.48, John Tuvey, stated that he has no children of his own so seeing the children, elderly people and families come visit the road brings him happiness. His family have been participating in the Christmas lights for the past 20 years and when his late mother sadly passed he bought the house and continued the tradition.
Overall I think that the lights bring a lot of joy to the community and make the festive season a lot more joyful. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the lights every year and will continue to do so for as long as they are there.
Love Tilly xx