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Festive lights bring out charity Christmas cheer




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Residents of a Linton street have turned their part of the town into a festive grotto with Christmas lights and decorations.

Lonsdale in Linton is lit up on an annual basis with proceeds going to charity.

Kathy James with neighbour, Terry Bishop
Kathy James with neighbour, Terry Bishop

“It’s just grown year on year,” said resident, Kathy James. “We raised £400 last year. We’re hoping more people will come down, though it does depend on the weather.”

Terry Bishop has been decorating his house for 34 years and has been raising money for about 10 years. Recently, however, he’s noticed that more people visit the area in cars and don’t always stop to donate money in the buckets provided on houses’ lawns.

“It’s the modern way,” said Mr Bishop. “We’ve had a lot of people driving up and down, but not many seem to stop.

“One year, there was an almost continual flow of cars going round. I didn’t realise so many people were interested.”

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“I suppose it was the kid in me that got it started. Now my wife makes sure we put the decorations up. It used to take a full day to put the lights up. This time, it was more like six days. It’s difficult as you get older.”

This year, money raised by the lights will go to Cancer Research UK.

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