Christmas Light Displays
December 2, 2011 by staff
Mr Toole, 36, who runs karaoke nights, begins preparations for each year’s display in March. He said: ‘Walking into our street is quite magical at Christmas. Some people say it makes them feel cold, it is very Arctic.
‘Our bungalow has been nicknamed “the house on Christmas Street”. I think about it and plan it every single day of the year.
‘I am slightly wacky about Christmas and I am constantly trying to think of ways I can make our display the biggest and best.’
Mr Toole estimates that this year’s display will add around £150 to his electricity bill – but the money thrown into the wishing well in his garden is given to charity.
He has spent £20,000 collecting the illuminations since 1998, when he started with two strings of lights in 1998.
Celebrities John Challis, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, and American singer Judy Pancoast visited the close for the big switch-on yesterday.
Mr Toole added: ‘Our street looks good in the day as well as at night. You can sit in your car and enjoy the music on your radio, or come out as we have speakers playing Christmas tunes.
‘It really looks fantastic, I feel very proud of it this year.’
More than 1,000 people turned out for the switch-on,held in aid of the Make a Wish foundation, and were each given a mince pie from a local bakery. A team from Starbucks also handed out free drinks.
Mr Toole has spent a staggering 264 hours synching his lights to his radio station and the Father Christmas figure – as one minute of music takes eight hours to sequence.
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